Alfanar was awarded a 110 MW solar photovoltaic project by the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC). This will be part of a floating panel system.
A 380 kV substation is also included in the project, as well as 172 kms overhead transmission lines. The solar plant will be a key component in the powering of the desalination facility with renewable energy. This will reduce the need for 410,000 barrels per year.
Abdulrahman Al-Fadhli, the Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture, attended the contract signing ceremony. He is also the chairman of SWCC’s board. Abdullah Al-Abdulkarim, Sabah Al-Mutlaq, Alfanar’s Managing director and Amer Al-Ajmi, the executive vice president, were present at the contract signing ceremony.
The Jubail desalination facility has a production capacity exceeding 1 million cubic meters per hour and is the world’s largest water desalination plant.
The solar energy project will provide electricity to the plant at a lower rate of 2.16kWh per cubic meter.
Al-Ajmi stated, “We are proud that SWCC has placed trust in our abilities as Alfanar was one of the first Saudi companies in renewable energy investments across the Kingdom.”
He said, “It is important that we keep up with the global energy transformation and phase out dependence on fossil fuels for electricity generation.”
Alfanar is affiliated with the Saudi Green Initiative. This initiative is part of Vision 2030. It invests in renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind.
Alfanar has a portfolio of 1.8GW of renewable energy projects in Europe, India as well as the Middle East. This includes solar parks, wind farms, sustainable aviation fuels, CCUS technologies, green ammonia and green hydrogen plants.