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Power Flowing From GE To Saudi Arabia

Posted on May 2, 2011

GE will provide gas turbine technology and services for four Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) power plant expansions that will support Saudi Arabia in meeting its growing power needs. The total value of the agreements is expected to surpass US$500 million (€336 million). The power plant expansions are also expected to add more than 100 new local jobs, GE said.

The four SEC power plant expansions will add 1680 MW of power to the Saudi grid, more than half of SEC’s planned annual increase of 3000 MW. According to SEC, the Kingdom’s electricity demand has been growing at the rate of about 6% a year.

In addition to supplying power generation technology, GE is providing all four plant expansions with technical advisory services, as well as performance testing. GE also is providing training for SEC technical teams to support them in the operation of the plants.

The new power plant expansion projects that GE will be supplying to include a 600 MW expansion of the SEC power plant in Qurayyah; a 480 MW expansion of the PP-10 power plant 40 km south of Riyadh City; 480 MW SEC power plant expansion at Qassim, 350 km north of Riyadh; and a 120 MW expansion of the SEC power facility near Tabouk.

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