- Six investment licenses awarded to companies from Europe, Middle East and North America
- Announcement made as SAGIA participates in World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi
- SAGIA also hosting multipe workshops at Congress as one of 25 Saudi entities participating under the umbrella of the Ministry of Energy
Riyadh,  September 2019: SAGIA today awarded six investment licenses for investments worth more than $240 million, at the World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi.
The licenses were awarded to a range of international firms in the energy sector, including firms from Europe, the Middle East and USA. The licenses include businesses in solar energy development, manufacturing and energy efficiency.
The six licenses awarded are:
- Roxtec (Sweden) – Manufacturing
- Engie (France) x2 – Service Office and Solar Power Project
- Orbits (Egypt) – Solar Power Project Development Company
- EGG (Cyprus) – Energy Efficiency Services Company
- Lime Energy (USA) – Energy Efficiency Services Company
“The energy sector provides exciting opportunities for international investors as we look to draw on the expertise and experience of the private sector in transforming the industry. For example, the kingdom is working to unlock further investments in renewables, energy efficiency, and manufacturing of electrical companants to increase private sector participation across the value chain,” said Ibrahim AlSuwail, Deputy Governor, SAGIA.
“We are delighted to award these licenses and to welcome these businesses to Saudi Arabia as we build the future of the energy sector in the Kingdom.”
The investments come alongside a broad series of economic reforms which are enabling rapid growth in foreign investment in Saudi Arabia. For example, obtaining a foreign investor license from SAGIA now requires two documents and can be processed in three hours – reducing the requirement from twelve documents, which would take three days to process.
The total number of foreign investor licenses issued in the first half of 2019 was more than double the number issued the year before.