ESB wins €17m renewable energy contract in Saudi Arabia

25 Jun 2015

ESB International has won a €17m contract in Saudi Arabia to manage a power generation project that will power the equivalent of 1m homes.

ESB International’s global engineering consultancy has secured a €17m contract with the Saudi Electricity Company to manage a power generation project that will generate enough electricity to power 1m homes.

ESB International defeated competitors from Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany and Switzerland to win the prestigious contract.

The contract announcement coincides with ESB International’s 40th anniversary. In recent weeks, ESB revealed that ESB International had won €64m in contracts to work in countries including Saudi Arabia and Ghana.

ESB will project manage the construction of a highly-efficient gas-fired Combined Cycle power plant in a developing region of Saudi Arabia.

The four-year project will see 40 staff from ESB International working in the region throughout the period, as well as bringing 15 engineers from Saudi Arabia to Ireland for training. This is the latest in a number of initiatives undertaken for Saudi Arabia by ESB International stretching back to the consultancy’s beginnings. Saudi Arabia was one of the first countries that ESB International partnered with 40 years ago.

50MW of integrated solar power will also be delivered as part of the generation project. The project, which will bring electricity to the equivalent of 1m homes, will support Saudi Arabia’s vision to have a future that won’t solely be dependent on fossil fuel.

“Announcing this exciting new contract with the Saudi Electricity Company on the occasion of the consultancy’s 40th anniversary is very appropriate,” said ESB CEO Pat O’Doherty.

“Our ability to continue to win this level of business, in a very competitive market in a region that we have targeted for growth, is a testament to the experience and skills of ESB staff honed here in Ireland.”

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years