| | JUNE 20238IN FOCUSHSBC NAMES KAI ZHANG AS "HEAD OF WEALTH" FOR SOUTH ASIABADEEL & ACWA AGREES DEAL FOR THREE SOLAR PROJECTSHSBC Holdings has named Kai Zhang as the head of wealth and personal banking for South Asia, beginning June 26, according to a statement issued on May 23.Zhang, who will be located in Singapore, will be in charge of boosting HSBC's wealth and personal banking business's expansion in South Asia. Zhang will report to Nuno Matos, co-CEO of Asia Pacific, and Surendra Rosha, chief executive officer of wealth and personal banking.Zhang comes to HSBC from Manulife-Sinochem Life Insurance Co., where she was CEO and general manager since 2016.HSBC Holdings plc is a worldwide universal bank and financial services holding corporation based in the United Kingdom. With US$2.953 trillion in assets, it is Europe's largest bank by total assets, surpassing BNP Paribas.HSBC has 64 offices across Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America, serving about 40 million customers. It was rated 38th in the world in the Forbes rankings of large corporations based on revenue, profits, assets, and market value as of 2022. HSBC is a constituent of the Hang Seng Index and the FTSE 100 Index, and has dual primary listings on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange. Saudi Arabia's renewable energy sector is set to receive a significant boost as the Kingdom's principal buyer Saudi Power Procurement Co. signed a power purchase agreement with the Public Investment Fund-owned Badeel and ACWA Power for three new solar energy projects. These three independent power projects, which will be built at a cost of SR12.2 billion ($3.25 billion), intend to produce a combined capacity of 4.55 gigawatts, powering approximately 750,000 households.The financial close for these projects is expected by the third quarter of 2023. The projects Ar Rass 2, Saad 2 and Al Kahfah have a capacity of approximately 2,000 megawatts of alternating current, 1,125 MWac, and 1,425 MWac of renewable power, respectively. "Today's signing of three power purchase agreements marks a significant milestone for ACWA Power, representing the largest single transaction for solar projects in our company's history. This achievement illustrates our firm commitment to a sustainable future for Saudi Arabia and beyond," ACWA Power CEO Marco Arcelli said.The solar initiatives fall under the umbrella of the National Renewable Energy Program, a scheme overseen by the Ministry of Energy. The PIF has been assigned to establish 70 percent of NREP's target capacity. Aligned with the Kingdom's Vision 2030 initiative, the Ministry of Energy aims to displace liquid fuels by harnessing renewable energy sources. The ministry aims to increase the share of renewables by 50 percent of the energy mix by 2030. The wealth fund is currently developing a total of five projects, with a cumulative capacity of 8 GW and over $6 billion of investment from the fund and its partners.
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