Metal process

World’s largest solar steam power plant to be built in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Mining Company (MA’ADEN) and GlassPoint, a US-based solar energy provider, have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop the world’s largest solar thermal power plant at the Alumina Refinery by MA’ADEN.

When completed, the 1,500 MW solar steam power plant will help MA’ADEN achieve its sustainability goals by reducing carbon emissions by more than 600,000 tons per year. This represents over 50% reduction in carbon footprint at MA’ADEN’s alumina refinery and 4% of MA’ADEN’s overall carbon footprint without disrupting existing operations.

The proposed new facility, a solar thermal power plant known as MA’ADEN Solar 1, will be located in Ras al Khair, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and will harness the power of the sun to generate steam.

Under this agreement, MA’ADEN and GlassPoint will work together to develop a more sustainable way to produce aluminum, which is a crucial metal for many global industries and the energy transition. This MOU also represents GlassPoint’s re-emergence as a leader in solar process heat.

“The steam will be used to refine bauxite ore into alumina. Alumina is an essential feedstock for aluminum, which is one of the world’s most crucial metals for many global industries as they look to an environmentally and sustainability-driven future,” said Riyadh Al Nassar, SVP Aluminum SBU of MA’ADEN.

“This significant development will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and bring us closer to our mandate of carbon neutrality by 2050. As the world moves towards green aluminum, MA’ADEN intends to help lead the way in this transition”, said Robert Wilt, CEO of MA’ADEN.