17 Jan 2024

SPARK and Schneider Electric Sign Agreement for High-Tech Manufacturing Facility in Saudi Arabia


  •        The agreement with Schneider Electric will see the opening of a 20,000 sq. meter facility
  •         The partnership will expand Schneider Electric’s footprint in the Kingdom  
  •         Completion of construction is expected towards the end of 2025


Saudi Arabia, 17 January 2024 – King Salman Energy Park (SPARK), the leading industrial ecosystem provider, signed an agreement with Schneider Electric, a global leader in digital transformation and energy management and energy efficiency, to build a multi-faceted manufacturing facility. The 20,000 sq. meters, facility will be built within SPARK, located between Dammam and Al-Ahsa. The facility will manufacture key systems including Distributed Control System (DCS), Emergency Shutdown System (ESD) and Compressor Control System (CCS) to support Saudi Arabia’s energy value chain.

The agreement will leverage Schneider Electric’s industry expertise and aims to ensure the reliable and optimal functioning of industrial processes, with a focus on security and efficiency through the facility’s operations. This partnership demonstrates Schneider Electric’s unwavering commitment to its customers and stakeholders in Saudi Arabia, while supporting SPARK’s ambition to localize key services in the sector and advances its offerings across industrial control and safety mechanisms.

Saif Al Qahtani, President and CEO of SPARK commented, “We are pleased to celebrate Schneider Electric's strategic choice of SPARK as the home for their new, state-of-the-art facility. This collaboration underscores our dedication to fostering local product and service development while simultaneously offering a platform equipped with top-tier infrastructure and services that accelerate our customers' enterprises and deliver sustainable value to our communities. As we move forward, we remain committed in our vision to providing a world-class ecosystem for international and local companies.”

Mohammed Shaheen, Cluster President of Schneider Electric, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Bahrain, added: “This strategic partnership with King Salman Energy Park, not only affirms Schneider Electric's commitment to advancing Saudi Arabia's energy landscape but also highlights our dedication to strengthening localization of services in the sector. Through our industry expertise, we will support SPARK’s vision and create a world-class ecosystem that fosters sustainable value for communities and accelerates the growth of enterprises. We look forward to a successful collaboration that embodies innovation and excellence in the energy sector.”

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2025 and will be awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification for the use of sustainable practices implemented throughout the construction phase.

This agreement is a major step in strengthening Saudi Arabia's role as a leader in advanced technology manufacturing. The new facility boosts the industrial sector in the Kingdom and serves as a key driver for its overall growth, in line with Vision 2030. It also aligns with the Kingdom’s goal of becoming a global leader in sustainable technology-driven exports.

In November 2023, Schneider Electric announced the acquisition of a license from the Ministry of Investment and the Ministry of Commerce in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to establish its Regional Headquarters (RHQ) in the country. This RHQ will oversee operations in Bahrain, Yemen and Pakistan for Schneider Electric’s business in the region.

Following the RHQ license acquisition, Schneider Electric is investing in local talent, fostering innovation and creating closer collaborations with stakeholders in the region. This move is aligned with the company’s vision to become a local partner with a global footprint, with solutions tailored to the needs of each market.

About King Salman Energy Park (SPARK)              

SPARK is the leading industrial ecosystem with sustainability at its core, connecting the world to opportunities in the Saudi energy sector and beyond. As a national Saudi megaproject proudly driving socio-economic impact locally and globally, SPARK is simultaneously catalyzing the Kingdom’s role in the global energy transition while offering a world-class ecosystem in the heart of the energy market for investors and tenants.

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