Saudi DGDA to use sustainable hydrocarbon materials in its projects

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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The Saudi Oil Sustainability Program (OSP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) to promote collaboration in using sustainable polymer materials in the latter’s projects.

The MoU was signed by Eng. Mohammad Hitham AlTayyar, Program Director of OSP, and Mr. Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of DGDA, in the presence of HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Minister of Energy, Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of OSP, and H.E. Ahmed AlKhateeb, Minister of Tourism, Secretary General of the Board of Directors of DGDA.

OSP and DGDA, established under the Saudi Vision 2030 program, strive to adopt sustainable materials like hydrocarbons to use in the production of various important products, while maintaining the highest levels of economic and environmental efficiency.

The latest collaboration aims to establish a strategic alliance between the OSP and the DGDA on hydrocarbon-based materials, including identifying opportunities to improve the construction and operation processes in DGDA projects, and developing plans to assess and implement these opportunities, as well as to develop awareness strategies to highlight common goals.

The cooperation also entails providing the required technical information and support for materials evaluation, coordinating between manufacturers, suppliers and relevant entities, and providing the required support when implementing these opportunities.

OSP was launched in 2020 with the participation of multiple government agencies, research institutions and companies. It supports the localization of the associated supply chain in the Kingdom and explores opportunities to maximize the use of raw materials that use Saudi oil as part of the feedstock value chain both regionally and globally.

The DGDA works on designing, restoring and renovating Diriyah through several ambitious projects, while applying the traditional Najdi architecture principles, for which the cities and villages of the Kingdom’s central region have been known for centuries. Besides focusing on cultural experiences, Diriyah will be providing special services in different areas such as entertainment, education, shopping, dining, hospitality, and residential and work spaces.

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