L&T Begins Construction at 300 MW Jeddah Solar Plant in Saudi Arabia

L&T has secured the go-ahead to begin construction of the 300 MW Jeddah Solar PV Power Plant in Saudi Arabia.

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has announced that the renewable arm of its power transmission and distribution business has secured the go-ahead to begin construction of the 300 MW Jeddah Solar PV Power Plant in Saudi Arabia. The turnkey EPC order for which was received from the consortium of Masdar, EDF Renewables and Nesma Company. 

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Awarded by Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO) to the consortium under design, finance, build and operate mode, the project has now attained financial closure after the signing of the power purchase agreement (PPA) and thereby the notice to Larsen & Toubro to proceed with the construction.

The project is located in the Third Jeddah Industrial City, 50 km south-east of Jeddah. As per the developer, this large utility-scale power plant utilises state-of-art technologies including bifacial modules, single axial trackers, string inverters and robots for module cleaning. 

Commenting on the development, T. Madhava Das, Whole-Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Utilities), L&T said “we are thankful and happy to be a part of establishing major solar projects awarded under the umbrella of Saudi Arabia’s pioneering National Renewable Energy Programme (NREP) marking yet another milestone in our green technology path to enable the clean energy transition.”

This is the second big announcement coming out of the Kingdom for L&T, with the firm recently announcing that it has been selected to execute the turnkey EPC Contract, from the consortium of ACWA Power and the Water and Electricity Holding Company (a subsidiary of the Public Investments Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF)), for the Sudair Solar PV Project which is worth a planned 1.5 GW capacity. 

This project is considered to be the largest (planned) solar plant in Saudi Arabia with the PPA already finalised. It will be developed in the Riyadh Province at a 30.8 square kilometre land parcel available to install a total capacity of 1.5 GW PV Solar modules with associated single axial tracker and inverters.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.