GCC clean energy drive requires $50b for grid-related investments

To diversify GCC’s power mix, investment in large-scale renewables capacity additions is required and would need corresponding increased investment in transmission and distribution networks to eliminate inadequacies, said the white prepared by Frost & Sullivan



Development of renewable energy technology, infrastructure, and facilities are key pillars of the UAE’s Operation 300bn and Saudi Arabia’s Made in Saudi manufacturing and industrialisation strategies. — File photo
Development of renewable energy technology, infrastructure, and facilities are key pillars of the UAE’s Operation 300bn and Saudi Arabia’s Made in Saudi manufacturing and industrialisation strategies. — File photo
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Issac John

Published: Wed 23 Feb 2022, 4:28 PM

The GCC would require nearly $50 billion of grid-related investments by 2026 to support proposed capacity additions from renewables, according to a whitepaper the Menaregion’s most reputable and comprehensive event for the energy sector.

To diversify GCC’s power mix, investment in large-scale renewables capacity additions is required and would need corresponding increased investment in transmission and distribution networks to eliminate inadequacies, said the white paper titled Clean Energy – Going Beyond the Grid, prepared by Frost & Sullivan for Middle East Energy.

Development of renewable energy technology, infrastructure, and facilities are key pillars of the UAE’s Operation 300bn and Saudi Arabia’s Made in Saudi manufacturing and industrialisation strategies.

The UAE National Energy Plan 2050 calls for clean energy to represent 50 per cent of the nation’s total energy mix by 2050. That would reduce the carbon footprint of power generation by 70 per cent, bringing with it cost savings estimated at $190 billion.

This includes the two largest single-site solar plants in the world that are currently being developed in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Both will contribute to the growing UAE green economy while promoting job creation and investment in renewables’ research and development

Saudi Arabia is committed to achieving 50 per cent of energy production from renewables by 2030. The kingdom plans to spend up to $50 billion on new infrastructure by 2023.

In line with the expected increase in grid-related investments, the transmission and distribution equipment industry is expected to top $312.8 billion globally by 2026, further underscoring its importance as a central theme at Middle East Electricity show running at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 7-9 March 2022.

“At the very centre of harnessing renewable energy and making it available for consumers is effective transmission and distribution networks, which is why the sector continues to play a prominent role at the Middle East Energy exhibition and during dedicated conference sessions,” said Azzan Mohammed, exhibition director, Global Energy & Utilities Forum and the Middle East Energy.

“With the value of the transmission and distribution equipment industry continuing to grow exponentially, a range of market leaders have already confirmed their attendance at Middle East Energy and will be showcasing the latest technologies and innovations supporting the delivery of renewable energy to end-users and, ultimately, delivering on the regions net-zero commitments,” said Mohammed.

Supporting the demand for new information surrounding transmission and distribution is the show’s technical sessions. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear from experts regarding technologies in energy storage for the grid, clean technologies in the micro-grid, and leveraging residential EVs for grid stability, among others. Over 500 exhibitors and 250 delegates are expected during the three-day energy showcase.

Transmission & Distribution is just one of five focused product areas of Middle East Energy. The others cover energy-critical sectors, including Smart Solutions; Renewable & Clean Energies; Critical & Back-up Power; and Energy Consumption & Management.

— issacjohn@khaleejtimes.com


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