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Former Aramco staffer named CEO of France's Engie in Saudi Arabia

Turki Al Shehri, who has also previously led Repdo, is appointed CEO as Engie charts Vision 2030-powered local expansion

Turki Al Shehri is Engie's CEO in Saudi Arabia.
Turki Al Shehri is Engie's CEO in Saudi Arabia.

French energy services giant Engie – which recently acquired Middle East facilities management company Cofely Besix FM and renamed it Engie Cofely – has appointed Turki Al Shehri, a former employee of Saudi Aramco and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Energy, Industry, and Mineral Resources’ Renewable Energy Project Development Office (Repdo), as its chief executive officer for its Saudi Arabian office amid local expansion plans in line with Vision 2030.

Al Shehri joins Engie as the company charts its expansion plans for the kingdom, and the new CEO will work with Engie’s power generation, water desalination, and energy services business lines in Saudi Arabia, including entities such as Engie Cofely, Engie Energy Services Saudi, Cofely Axima, Endel, and Tractebel.

Tractebel was awarded contracts to build eight Saline Water Conversion Corp plants in two phases over a 15-month period this April.

A graduate from the US’s University of South Florida in Tampa, Al Shehri holds a BSc degree in electrical engineering, and has previously worked as head of Repdo, and head of power investment at Saudi Aramco.

Commenting on his plans for Engie in Saudi Arabia, Al Shehri said: “I have watched Engie grow across the region to become the market leader it is today and am truly excited to be leading this team in Saudi Arabia as we continue to build a stronger portfolio in line with the kingdom’s Vision 2030.”

Engie’s CEO for the Middle East, South and Central Asia, and Turkey (Mescat), Sébastien Arbola, added: “We are delighted to welcome Turki to the Engie group. His knowledge of the Saudi market is invaluable as we seek to invest further in the kingdom.

“He is a passionate leader in the energy sector, and we are confident that he will greatly contribute towards our growth in Saudi Arabia.” 

The Paris and Brussel stock exchanges-listed Engie posted a turnover of $67.6bn in 2018, and its Mescat presences includes 810Mwp of solar photovoltaic energy, and 280 MW of wind energy, in India.

In Saudi Arabia, Engie co-owns and operates four energy facilities that produce 6 GW of power and 176 million imperial gallons per day of desalinated water.

The French company also owns 40% of the UAE’s National Central Cooling Company, known as Tabreed.

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