Riyadh: The Ministry of Energy signed eight memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with leading companies for pilot projects of hydrogen fuel cell-based cars, buses, trains, and sustainable jet fuel production.
Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman praised the interest shown by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for the energy sector and his eagerness to develop and utilize alternative energy resources the Kingdom possesses.
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Prince Abdulaziz also cited the support of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman. “It also reflects Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman’s constant support to all the energy sectors. I have to acknowledge the significant role the Crown Prince has undertaken to empower the energy sector with his immense support and follow-up and through his leadership of the supreme energy committees.”
He added, “I must also commend the cooperation and integration we see between partners in these various memoranda.”
“This synergy is a real boost for the Saudi Vision 2030 objective to diversify the Kingdom’s energy resources and become a global leader in energy, as in the oil industry for over 80 years.”
Energy Ministry Signs 8 MoUs with Leading Manufacturers
Minister of Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman sees the MoUs as a boost to diversify the Kingdom’s energy resources. Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman signed the four MoUs as follows:
- MOU for Hydrogen fuel cell-based cars and buses with Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University.
- MoU for hydrogen fuel cell trains with the Saudi Railways Company (SAR).
- MoU for sustainable jet fuel production project with the Saudi Technology Development and Investment Company (TAQNIA).
- MoU for hydrogen fuel cell-based vehicles and buses with the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu.
Additionally, Eng. Ahmed Musa Alzahrani, Assistant Minister for Development and Excellence, signed three further MoUs as follows:
- MoU for hydrogen fuel cell-based transportation with NEOM.
- MoU for hydrogen fuel cell buses with the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites.
- MoU for hydrogen fuel cell buses with the Red Sea Development Company
- Finally, an MoU with Saudi Ground Services Company (SGS) for hydrogen fuel cell transportation.
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These hydrogen-fueled transportation projects will include cars, buses, trains, and maritime transportation. And they are located throughout the Kingdom, at NEOM, the Red Sea, Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University, Makkah, Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu, and airport runways.
These projects are a collaboration between the Ministry of Energy, sponsors, and global companies that provide the technologies for hydrogen fuel-based transportation.
The MoUs are to explore and test the performance of hydrogen-based vehicles and buses, acquire commercial and technical expertise and raise public awareness of Hydrogen applications in the Kingdom.
The MoUs include:
- Executing water electrolysis-based hydrogen fueling stations.
- Importing hydrogen fuel cell-based vehicles and buses.
- Providing complete related operation services during the project’s implementation period.