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World’s largest battery storage facility will power The Red Sea Project with clean energy 24/7

Published

18 Nov 2020

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World’s largest battery storage facility will power The Red Sea Project with clean energy 24/7

Published

18 Nov 2020

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  • New luxury regenerative tourism destination will house a 1000MWh facility.


Red Sea Global (formerly known as TRSDC), the developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism projects, The Red Sea and Amaala, has announced it is creating the world’s largest battery storage facility to enable the entire site to be powered by renewable energy 24 hours a day.

The development on the west coast of Saudi Arabia, which spans 28,000km2 and will include 50 hotels when complete, will be powered solely by wind and solar energy. The complex will rely on the world’s largest battery storage facility at 1000MWh.

 

“The size and scale of RSG’s battery storage facility puts this iconic regenerative tourism destination at the forefront of the global transition towards carbon neutrality. Wind and solar capacity are set to exceed coal and gas in less than five years, and we are keen to drive the pace of change,”
said John Pagano, CEO of RSG.

 


“We have always been committed to pushing the boundaries of what it means to be sustainable, and these efforts will play a significant role in the country’s ambition to become a greener nation. By powering the destination with 100 percent clean and renewable energy, we will make this vision a reality,” he added.

The battery storage facility is one part of a significant public-private partnership (PPP) agreement that RSG recently awarded to an ACWA Power consortium to design, build, operate and transfer The Red Sea destination’s utilities infrastructure.

Battery storage is needed to support site-wide energy resilience, providing the power required at night when solar generation is not possible. It will also ensure supply in the case of outages when shutdowns occur due to potential faults or sandstorms affecting production. The blend of solar and wind power generation will also guarantee a reliable supply of energy to the destination.


The PPP agreement expects to generate up to 650,000 MWh of 100% renewable energy to supply the destination and other utility systems, whilst emitting zero CO2. The resulting saving in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere is equivalent to nearly half a million tons each year.

Included in the 25-year concession agreement is the provision of renewable power, potable water, sustainable solid waste management, wastewater treatment and district cooling infrastructure. The construction of three seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plants at the project will provide clean drinking water.


Additionally, an innovative sewage treatment plant (STP) will allow waste to be managed in a way that enhances the environment, by creating new wetland habitats and supplementing irrigation water for landscaping at the destination.

This utility concession agreement allows for future expansion in line with the development of the destination, ensuring that the servicing needs of guests staying at the destination’s 50 hotels and 1,300 residential properties can be met by 2030.

The Red Sea destination has already passed major milestones and work is on track to welcome the first guests by the end of 2023, when the international airport and the first hotels will open. Phase one, which includes 16 hotels in total, will complete in 2023.


 

About Red Sea Global

Red Sea Global (RSG - www.redseaglobal.com ) is a closed joint-stockcompany wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of SaudiArabia. It is a vertically integrated real estate developer with adiverse portfolio across tourism, residential, experiences,infrastructure, transport, healthcare, and services. This includes theluxury regenerative tourism destinations The Red Sea, which beganwelcoming guests in 2023, and AMAALA, which remains on track to welcomefirst guests in 2025. A third destination, Thuwal Private Retreat, willopen this year, and RSG has also been entrusted with refurbishment worksat Al Wajh Airport, focused on upgrading the existing terminal andinfrastructure, and building a new international terminal. RSG is acornerstone of Saudi Arabia’s ambition to diversify its economy. Acrossits growing portfolio of destinations, subsidiaries and businesses, RSGseeks to lead the world towards a more sustainable future, showing howresponsible development can uplift communities, drive economies, andenhance the environment.

RSG is the visionary company behind some of the world’s most ambitious development ventures, including luxury regenerative tourism destinations such as The Red Sea and AMAALA.

Across its portfolio, RSG leverages the most innovative concepts, strategies, and technologies to deliver projects that actively enhance the wellbeing of customers, communities, and environments.

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