Saudi Arabia to start hydrogen train trials

Saudi Arabia’s Minister for Energy Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said over the weekend that the first hydrogen train in the Middle East will begin trials this week.

“It will be on trial for next week, hopefully for the next few months.. We will have the first hydrogen train in the Middle East,” the minister said, speaking at the UN MENA Climate Week in Riyadh.

The minister also said that Saudi Arabia will be launching a “credible, transparent and adaptable domestic market mechanism” on Monday, without elaborating. 

The announcement comes as State-run Saudi Arabia Railways (SAR) has signed an agreement with Alstom, the France-based global rail transportation giant, to carry out hydrogen train trials in October, the company said in an Arabic language post on the social messaging app X on Sunday.
The trials will be the first of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and align with the Saudi Green Initiative (SGI) to achieve a sustainable transportation system.