Airport Energy Efficiency Project by RAC and ENGIE


Riyadh Airports Company (RAC) and ENGIE (global leader in low-carbon energy and services) have launched an Energy Efficiency project at King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) in Riyadh. RAC manages and operates KKIA.


The RAC project will assist in developing cost-effective, energy-saving measures with the diversification of clean energy sources. It will also help in reducing energy costs and demands while providing solutions for conservation for energy.


The project includes the private aviation terminals, support facilities, the Airport’s industrial zone, substations, airfields, and district cooling plants, water transfer, and treatment plants.


An energy consultancy and audit will be performed by ENGIE to identify and develop energy conservation measures that will lower the facility’s cost of operation and maintenance, energy use.

The project comes as part of the RAC efforts to enhance energy efficiency at KKIA as per the standards of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), and the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO).

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RAC’s CEO, Eng Mohammed bin Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, said, “Making our infrastructure more energy efficient is a significant milestone and a testament to the determination of our vision to transform KKIA into a world-class operation. We are partnering with a global low-carbon energy provider to achieve our vision and contribute positively to the environment and keep it safe for future generations.”

The energy efficiency audit includes improving energy efficiency on the supply and demand side, implementing cost efficiency measures through internal tariffs and billing structures, optimizing the distribution network, enhancing building energy management systems, pumping stations, and water networks.

ENGIE provides consultation services for billing management in order to recommend a model for cost recovery and define an optimal billing management approach based directly on system requirements. After that, the company will assess the optimal investment strategy for temporary clean energy generators as well as on-site renewable energy sources to complement grid supply in line with the Kingdom’s energy transition.

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ENGIE will analyze and design reliable and scalable system architecture to monitor and report energy and water consumption to allow for flawless resource management from centralization. Centralization of energy management systems will let precise and consistent monitoring, more flawless resource management, enhanced data security.

Turki Al Shehri, The CEO of ENGIE in Saudi Arabia, said, “The Riyadh Airport project is key to enabling the Kingdom to house a sustainable and energy-efficient world-class international airport at the heart of Saudi Arabia. Our work ensures that the airport facilities are optimally designed and will provide long-term value to the hundreds of thousands of passengers that will enter the Kingdom as it continues to develop. ENGIE is honoured to be a long-term positive energy partner to Saudi Arabia and to ensure that our international expertise is utilized locally, adding tangible value to the Kingdom.”

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