Saudi Arabia publishes draft paper for colossal renewables programme

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has published draft white paper setting out the proposed procurement process for the initial phases of an ambitious 54,000MW renewable energy programme.

Meed reports that Saudi Arabia has set out a roadmap for delivering the first phase of the programme, set to produce 23,900MW of renewable energy by 2020 and 54,000 MW by 2032.
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The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-Care), produced the paper, which details the competitive procurement process (CPP) the body will use to tender and award contracts for the renewables schemes. KA-Care has set a deadline of 5 April for the public to submit comments on the proposals.

Under the plans proposed in the white paper, developers will be invited to bid on 20-year power purchase contracts, and the programme will be split into three tendering rounds. The initial three rounds will procure a total capacity of 7,000MW.

The technologies that will be utilised for the initial phases are: thermal solar, photovoltaic (PV) solar, wind, geothermal and waste to energy. Hybird and other renewables technologies are expected be included in future procurement rounds.

Riyadh is turning to alternative energy to meet the expected sharp rise in energy demand over the next 20 years. According to the latest forecast issued by Ecra, peak demand will climb to 75,000MW in 2020 and to 123,000MW by 2032 based on an average growth rate of 4.5-5 per cent a year.

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