French utility EDF announces plans for 5GW of renewables in Saudia Arabia and UAE

On January 24, 2022, French energy giant EDF declared that it plans to increase its renewable energy developments in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates by at least 5 GW.  "CAP 2030," known as EDF's strategy to double the group's net renewable capacity from 28 GW, including hydro, to 60 GW from 2015 to 2030.  "The Middle East is a strategic area for EDF Renewables," said Olivier Bordes, managing director and CEO of EDF Renewables Middle East.  Projects in the region include the Dumat Al-Jandal wind project (400MW) in Saudi Arabia, currently the region's largest wind farm in operation.  In solar PV, the Dhafra PV2 solar PV project in Abu Dhabi (2 GW) and Jeddah (300MW) in Saudi Arabia are under construction, the latter in consortium with Masdar (UAE) and Nesma Company (KSA).   The Jeddah project is expected to start operations by the end of 2022.  Read more