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CESI: GCC region’s renewable energy sector expected to grow rapidly

Company MD spotlights programmes across UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia

| | Aug 19, 2019 | 11:11 am
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Dr Floris Hendrikus Schulze

DUBAI, UAE, 19 August 2019: The GCC region’s renewable energy sector is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, said Dr Floris Hendrikus Schulze, Managing Director, CESI Middle East FZE, who highlighted the recent achievements of countries in the region, as evidence of the sector’s positive momentum. “The solar initiatives in the UAE, with around 250 MW already installed in Dubai and the opening in Abu Dhabi of the Noor power plant, which with its 1.2 GW of capacity, is currently the biggest PV plant in the world – all these projects will assure a green and cheap energy supply to the country and will contribute to meet their long-term decarbonisation targets,” he said. “Oman is also moving fast in terms of PV and wind utility-scale installations. It is also important to note the targets of KSA.” Dr Schulz said that in January, Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) announced the target of having around 60 GW by 2030, which is a value similar to the current peak demand. He added that proper planning will be necessary to safely integrate such massive development of renewable energies.

Speaking on the CESI’s level of activities in the region, Dr Schulze said that the main projects the company is leading are located in Saudi Arabia and Oman. “CESI has been working on the update of Transmission Master Plan of Oman for OETC, the Omani Transmission Company,” he said, adding that the future of the Omani power system will be studied and optimised in order to meet the renewable targets of the Sultanate in an efficient manner.

#GCC #renewableenergy #UAE #Saudiarabia #hvac

Hannah Jo Uy is Assistant Editor at Climate Control Middle East magazine. She may be contacted at hannah@cpi-industry.com

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