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EDF is planning to grow its renewable energy developments in UAE and Saudi Arabia by 5 GWs capacity. EDF Renewables is the global renewable energy affiliate of the Group. The company develops, builds, and operates renewable power plants.
Olivier Bordes, EDF Renewables Middle East’s CEO, and Managing Director said, “The Middle East is a strategic area for EDF Renewables, and ultimately for EDF Group. We have currently secured 4 GW of projects in the Middle East and Africa, and the region has a pipeline of five additional GW to come.”
Currently, EDF has 14 GW of renewable energy (both wind and solar) worldwide and the Middle East is one of the largest contributors of the company. The company has some projects ongoing including the Dhafra PV2 solar plant in Abu Dhabi with a 2 GW power capacity which is the largest single-site PV project in the world and a 300 MW capacity PV plant in Jeddah.
He added, “Strong partnership is a key factor for success. We have partnered to develop our low-carbon solutions in the region, particularly in the UAE and in KSA. The Middle East program has ambitious targets. One of the main challenges is to continue to accelerate development to reach the energy transmission targets.”
“We believe that the best energy is the one that is not consumed,” said Laurent Clement, CEO and Managing Director of EDF Middle East. He added, “The energy mix in the GCC region is evolving quickly to low-carbon generation, with the massive integration of renewable energy. As an example – the objective of 60 GW in KSA in 2030, or the starting of Barakah nuclear power plant in the UAE in addition to their massive renewable objectives in 2030.”