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Former Saudi Aramco senior executive Faisal Abdullah Al-Yemni has been appointed to Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy as head of the renewable energy project development office.

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Al-Yemni arrives in the post with a remit to drive the kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Programme, which includes the recently announced 400MW Dumat Al Jandal on-shore wind farm and the 300MW Sakaka photovoltaic project.

Combined, the projects will contribute to the kingdom’s target of 27.3GW of renewable energy capacity by 2024, and 58.7GW by 2030.

An additional six projects with a combined energy capacity of 1.47GW are also out to tender, underlining the kingdom’s commitment to developing cleaner sources of power.

Al-Yemni can draw on previous experience as CEO of GCC Assets Investment & Development Company and head of power systems support and investment division, as well as his time as chief of international operations at Saudi Aramco, in his new role.

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