‘Push’ Based Projects
AN-132: The first joint Saudi Ukrainian Aircraft
TAQNIA will develop a manufacturing facility to produce the aircraft in Saudi Arabia which will serve local, regional, and international demand by taking advantage of the agreement between ANTONOV and KACST who have embarked on a journey to jointly develop, design, and upgrade one of ANTONOV’s existing aircrafts (AN-32) to its latest version: the light transport aircraft AN-132. The agreement between ANTONOV and KACST has regulated the Rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) of AN-132 as it will be equally co-owned by the two parties. This project directly delivers on the Saudi Vision 2030 objective of “localizing over 50% of military spending” as the AN-132 is planned to create a manufacturing and assembly facility in Saudi Arabia to produce the aircrafts with the aim of transferring the technology and localizing the part of related aeronautic industry. This partnership aims to transfer aircraft manufacturing know-how, develop Saudi talent, qualify local suppliers, and increase Saudi exports and the non-oil GDP for the Kingdom.
Layla IPP & PV Assembly Line: First Independent Power Plant in KSA with a Capacity of 50 MW
Another example of a technology push is that of the Water and Energy Research Institute at KACST. Their role, as a technology provider, is to establish a solar power plant in Al-Aflaj province that provides a clean, safe, and sustainable source of energy. The initiative is projected to save over 4 million barrels of high cost diesel fuel, and limit CO2 emissions by 1.7 million tons. The Saudi Electricity Company has agreed to purchase all the power generated at a rate of 18.75 halalas per kWh. TAQNIA Energy’s role is to design, build, operate and maintain the solar plant in collaboration with the Saudi Electricity Company. This project aims to provide alternative and clean sources of energy that would ensure providing fuel for the best interest of the Kingdom’s economy and help build a future with sustainable energy. Furthermore, the project will contribute to the local content and increase knowledge-base and job creation.
GIS: Geospatial Services and Remote Sensing Technology
The Geospatial Services and Remote Sensing Technology was developed at the National Center for Remote Sensing Technologies under the Space and Aeronautics Research Institute at KACST. Applications include high accuracy targeting capabilities for defense purposes, resource mapping for agricultural use as well as for avoiding damaging flood flows before and after, for the benefit of municipal agencies. These diverse uses have allowed TAQNIA Services the opportunity to market these unique technologies to fill a need and support the Kingdom’s initiatives wherever or whatever they may be; from environmental and rural affairs, to applications related to security and defense. The most relevant clients include:
Ministry of Defense.
Ministry of Interior (General Administration for Regional Affairs.)
Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.
Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs.
AD: Saline Water Desalination and Cooling Station with Adsorption Technology
The Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, along with the Chairman of KACST and the Governor of the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), commissioned the Water Desalination and Cooling Pilot Unit with the Adsorption Desalination (AD) Technology. The pilot unit is the result of a collaboration among the Water and Energy Research Institute at KACST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), TAQNIA’s Advanced Water Technology (AWT) and the Singaporean Company, Medad Technologies. This project is considered the first applied and industrialized model utilizing the innovative technology of combining multi-effect distillation (MED) with Adsorption Technology (AD) in the world, with a production capacity of 100 m3/day. More importantly, AWT as well as KACST and Medad Technologies maintain exclusive rights in terms of marketing the technology internationally especially since many countries have shown interest in the technology and its implementation.