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SABIC to Build World’s First Renewable Power Chemical Plant

SABIC to Build World’s First Renewable Power Chemical Plant

Thursday, 30 July, 2020 - 05:00
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat

SABIC’s polycarbonate facility signed a major agreement with Iberdrola, a world-scale electric utility company, that will transform it to the world’s first large-scale chemical production site to be run entirely on renewable power.

Under the deal, Iberdrola will invest almost €70m to construct a 100MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility with 263,000 panels, on land owned by SABIC, making it the largest industrial renewable power plant in Europe.

The plant is expected to be fully operational in 2024 and will help SABIC reach its 2025 clean energy targets.

The 25-year deal represents another milestone in SABIC’s journey to transition all its global operations to cleaner energy. SABIC’s ambition is to have 4GW of either wind or solar energy installed for its sites globally by 2025, rising to 12GW by 2030.

In 2019, solar panels were installed at SABIC sites in India and Thailand, helping reduce greenhouse emissions by 200 tons, and SABIC’s Home of Innovation in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has been completely solar-powered since 2015.

“Partnerships of this kind are the cornerstone of our business growth model,” said Bob Maughon, EVP Sustainability, Technology & Innovation at SABIC.

“In recent years, the many breakthroughs in renewable energy technology have made deployment at this kind of scale possible.”

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