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A coveted contract to supply 1,000 solar-powered submersible pumps as part of the Sudanese government’s water-harvesting program has been won by Saudi firm Arabian Qudra.
The project, awarded by the Dams Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Water Resources Irrigation and Electricity in Sudan, is financed by the Saudi Fund for Development.
“We are proud to be part of this project where we will help in providing water — the essential requirement for daily life — to people who have no access to it,” said Hussam Abdulhalim, CEO of Arabian Qudra, a subsidiary of the Abunayyan Holding Company with branch offices in Riyadh, Jeddah and Alkhobar.
Sudan is in one of the hottest and driest regions on the planet. Water is a scarce resource in areas far from the River Nile, where there is no option but to use underground water. This must be pumped from deep wells between 70 and 140 meters below the surface, which requires a lot of energy. The solar-powered submersible pumps supplied by Arabian Qudra will make use of the abundant sunshine to provide it. The water will provide drinking supplies for people and animals, and be used for irrigation of food and other crops that will help to provide shelter and improve the local climate.
Solar-powered water pumping has proven to be operationally, financially and environmentally sustainable. In recent years, the cost of solar technology has plummeted: The solar panels used in Arabian Qudra’s pumps, for example, are now up to 80 percent cheaper. In addition, they last for at least 25 years, with minimal maintenance.
As a result, solar-powered pumps are an increasingly viable way to expand access to energy in developing countries and communities, while creating a strong resistance to changes in rainfall caused by climate change or unreliable seasonable patterns.
Specialists in providing workshop services for electrical rotating machines for the past 30 years, Arabian Qudra has branched out into solar applications and other areas, including energy efficiency and environmental solutions. This transition is particularly pertinent given the Saudi government’s push toward renewable energy as part of Vision 2030, to reduce the dependence on oil.
“Saudi Arabia is moving in the direction of solar power very quickly,” Abdulhalim said. “Vision 2030 clearly lays out the government’s interest in promoting new energy sources and we at Arabian Qudra are glad to be leading the way.”