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Regenerative tourism project targets 100% renewables status

By District Energy posted 11-18-2020 06:18


ESI Africa


An ambitious regenerative tourism project has awarded a contract to a consortium led by ACWA Power to design, build, operate and transfer The Red Sea Project’s utilities infrastructure.

The contract marks a significant step forward for The Red Sea Project, establishing it as the region’s first tourism destination powered solely by renewable energy.

According to the project developer, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), a tourism project of this size, powered solely by renewable energy, has never been achieved on this scale anywhere in the world.

The private-public partnership agreement expects to generate up to 650,000MWh of 100% renewable energy to supply the destination and other utility systems while emitting zero CO2.

The resulting saving in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere is equivalent to nearly half a million tons each year.

Included in the package is the world’s largest battery storage facility of 1,000MWh, which will allow the destination to remain completely off-grid and powered by renewables day and night.

The agreement also covers the construction of three seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) plants, designed to provide clean drinking water, a solid waste management centre and an innovative sewage treatment plant (STP).

All of the utilities will be delivered under a single agreement, unique for a contract of this kind, which includes the provision of renewable power, potable water, wastewater treatment, solid waste management and district cooling for the 16 hotels, international airport and infrastructure that make up phase one of The Red Sea Project.

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