08 Oct, 2023: In a significant move, Saudi Arabia has commenced its first hydrogen train testing program through an agreement between its national railway company, SAR (Saudi Arabia Railways) and French partner Alstom.

According to a statement issued by SAR in the Saudi Press Agency, operational testing and necessary research to adapt these state-of-the-art trains to suit the distinctive conditions of the Kingdom have been initiated this month.

This strategic action is a proactive step taken in anticipation of their forthcoming deployment, consistent with the memorandum of understanding signed by the Ministry of Energy and SAR on January 20, 2022.

These trains represent the inaugural use of such technology in the Middle East and North Africa region, underscoring the Kingdom's dedication to embracing sustainable transportation solutions.

In a publication by Saudi Press Agency, Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser, Minister of Transportation and Logistics and Chairman of the Board of Directors at SAR, emphasised that this initiative aligns with the National Transport and Logistics Strategy's objectives. It aims to transition toward a more sustainable transportation system that embraces cutting-edge smart technologies. He underscored SAR's commitment to its pivotal role in advancing the Saudi Green Initiative, an integral part of Saudi Vision 2030. This initiative seeks to elevate the Kingdom's reliance on clean energy, reduce carbon emissions, and safeguard the environment.

The minister also highlighted the unwavering support extended to the transport and logistics sector by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince and Prime Minister. This support empowers the sector to execute its projects and developmental endeavours effectively.

As the Kingdom aligns itself with the Saudi Vision 2030 and the Saudi Green Initiative, these trials symbolise a commitment to reduce carbon emissions, increasing reliance on clean energy, and protecting the environment for future generations. With the support of dedicated leaders and collaboration across sectors, Saudi Arabia is heading towards reshaping the future of energy in the Middle East and beyond.