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Total, Abengoa See Mideast Solar Boom as Largest Generator Opens

Total SA and Abengoa SA, the European energy producers behind the Middle East’s largest concentrated-solar plant, intend to expand further in the region as governments promote renewables to free up oil for export.

The execution of solar programs in the Middle East would bring “thousands of megawatts and billions of dollars in investment,” Santiago Seage, the head of Abengoa’s solar unit, said at yesterday’s inauguration of the plant in Abu Dhabi. The unit plans to bid on more projects in the region, he said.