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A Consortium Led by ACWA Power has secured financing for the Red Sea project, on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, which is set to feature a 320MW solar array and a 1.3GWh off-grid battery.
A consortium led by ACWA Power, and composed of SPIC Huanghe Hydropower Development Company and Saudi Tabreed Cooling Company, has achieved financial close for the US$1.302 billion senior debt facilities for the Red Sea multi-utilities project. ACWA Power had been appointed by The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) to design, build, operate and transfer The Red Sea Project’s utilities infrastructure and relies entirely on renewable energy for power generation, water production, wastewater treatment and district cooling.
TRSDC – the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism project, is the procurer of the project – where all the utilities are being procured under a single offtake arrangement, unique for a contract of this kind. The project includes the provision of renewable power, potable water, wastewater treatment district cooling and solid waste treatment for 16 hotels, an international airport and infrastructure that make up phase one of The Red Sea Project in Saudi Arabia.
The energy requirements for the development will be generated on a sustainable, fully dispatchable basis by a 340MW solar photovoltaic plant with an associated storage system utilising a battery energy storage system (BESS) plant for captive use, which at a design capacity of c. 1.200 GWh will, upon deployment, be one of the world’s largest utility-scale BESS systems. The system is currently sized to meet the initial demand of TRSDC, with the ability to expand in line with the development. The energy system has been designed to allow the development to remain completely off-grid and powered by renewables, with phase 1 expected to launch at the end of this year.
The scope of the project also includes construction of three seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plants totaling a capacity of 32,500 cubic meters per day at the project, designed to provide clean drinking water, a waste management centre and an innovative sewage treatment plant (STP) that will allow waste to be managed in a way that enhances the environment, by creating new wetland habitats and supplementing irrigation water for the TRSDC landscape nursery.