26 June 2023

International engineering, digital, and project management services company Assystem has been appointed by ENOWA (NEOM) to conduct a suite of pre-development studies for seven planned solar photovoltaic parks in the Tabuk and Duba regions. The solar parks will directly contribute to NEOM's vision to become the world's most advanced renewable energy hub and the first at-scale fully renewable electrical system.

Assystem will deploy its experts to provide a range of services, which include a site assessment study, preliminary design of parks and master planning, environmental baseline surveys, an environmental and social impact assessment study, and permitting studies. Within this scope, various studies such as geotechnical, geophysical, topographical, hydrological, glint and glare, and corrosion assessments, energy yield calculations, and advanced design of the parks will be conducted.

Contributing to NEOM's Renewable Energy Vision

The sites earmarked to host the solar parks stretch over 420km2, potentially amounting to more than 20GW (accounting for around 65% of land use) in energy generating capacity. Solar PV is one of the key renewable energy technologies being deployed globally to reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

Assystem's Commitment to Global Energy Transition

Assystem is playing a leading role in the global energy transition, supporting the deployment of low-carbon technologies with more than 6500 experts across 12 countries of operation. It is dedicated to assisting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in realising its commitment to implementing measures which aim to reduce its emissions by 278 MtCO2e annually from 2020 to 2030.

Kerem Sadiklar, Assystem's Global Head of Siting and Environmental Services, said: "This project marks one of the first steps towards realizing the deployment of solar PV on a truly massive scale – directly contributing to NEOM's ambitious 100% renewable energy goal. Assystem is proud to be delivering its high-quality siting and environmental services on behalf of such an exciting and significant initiative."

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