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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih gestures during the 2017 budget news conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 22, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Astana- Saudi participation in Expo 2017 in Astana reflects the Kingdom’s drive to develop and use sustainable energy in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020, said Minister of Energy, Industry and Natural Resources Khalid al-Falih.

The Kingdom is participating in the expo in the Kazakh capital with a wing supervised by the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), in cooperation with public and private energy companies.

Falih expressed delight for the participation of 115 countries and 18 global organizations in the three-month event titled “Future Energy”, stressing that the Saudi role aims to exchange expertise and strengthen relations in the energy sector within an international framework.

He also declared that the Saudi participation in the exhibition aims to reveal the ambitious development projects and plans that were launched by the kingdom in the energy field, for the sake of diversifying economic resources and achieving sustainability.

The wing was inaugurated by Falih in the presence of Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak and others.

The Kingdom is in a quest to diversify energy resources in a manner that bolsters its leading position on the global energy map, based on competitive advantages that will attract more local and global investors.

Saudi Arabia plans to produce 3.5 gigawatts of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020, reaching 9.5 gigawatts by 2023 in line with Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program.