Saudi Arabia announced on Wednesday the operation of the first wind turbine to produce electricity in the Kingdom, marking a new era of serious transformation towards alternative and clean renewable energy.
The Saudi Ministry of Energy announced the start of the trial operation of the first turbine in the Dumat Al-Jandal project in Al-Jouf region (northern Saudi Arabia) to exploit wind energy in electricity production.
In a statement, the Saudi Ministry of Energy said that the step comes within the implementation of one of the goals of Vision 2030, represented by the production of 50 percent of the Kingdom’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030.
The Dumat Al-Jandal project in Al-Jouf region is a practical step to exploit wind energy in the production of electricity, and it is the first project in the Kingdom and the largest project of its kind in the Middle East.
The Ministry of Energy had earlier announced awarding the energy project to the alliance led by the French Electricity Company, EDF Energies Nouvelles, and the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar).
Saudi Arabia continues its endeavors towards the global race to adopt and develop work systems with renewable and alternative energy, at a time when it is leading giant projects that are environmentally friendly and enhance sustainability, such as the city of The Line in NEOM, and the Amaala and Red Sea tourism projects - the pillars of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.