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Middle East gas-to-power growth trumps renewables

Countries in the region are outbidding each other with ambitious renewables targets, but it is gas-to-power that is making the difference on the ground Countries in the region are outbidding each other with ambitious renewables targets, but it is gas-to-power that is making the difference on the ground.
By James Gavin 5 December 2019 Middle East & Africa / Supply & Demand 0 34848
A field of solar photo-voltaic panels that form part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Solar Park in Dubai, UAE. (PA)

The key issue: Saudi Arabia is the latest Gulf state to link up a solar PV plant to its grid, but the region’s dependence on gas-to-power is nevertheless growing.

Interfax analysis: Saudi Arabia achieved a landmark moment in its energy transition in November when it connected to the grid its first solar power plant, a 300 MW facility in the north of the country.

The kingdom has goals for renewables to drive its energy expansion. Last year, it upgraded its five-year target to have 27.3 GW...