The country is one of the world’s biggest oil producers and exporters and the renewables industry is being developed as a means to meet domestic demand and thus extend the life of its oil exports. A draft white paper in February 2013 set out the government’s stall regarding size of developments, experience, financial strength and timing.
The aim is to create some 41GW by 2032 under the auspices of a renewable energy programme overseen by K.A CARE (King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy). Of that total CSP is expected to account for 25GW and PV 16GW.
According to the draft paper, the programme will consist of an introductory round of 900MW of CSP (vs 1100MW of PV) with pre-packaged sites identified by K.A.CARE. Additional procurement rounds are to follow over a two to three year window that will target up to 7,000 MW capacity. The introductory round was supposed to have gone ahead in the first quarter of 2013, the second round was planned for the third/fourth quarter of 2014. But delays mean that at present, no one seems to know when the tendering process will begin.
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