400 GE installations, supplying over 20,000 MW of power
The largest Arab country in the Middle East, with a population of approximately 28 million, it is no hidden fact that Saudi Arabia is continuously facing an ever growing demand for energy, Saudi Electricity Company, has developed several independent power plant to meet those needs, and have time and again selected GE’s technologies to be installed on site.
The latest in these power plants is the Riyadh PP11, a gas-fired plant and the first of it’s kind. It is expected to make up for 15 per cent of the power generation capacity in Saudi Arabia’s Central region.
Today, GE has announced that agreements worth nearly $700 million has been signed to supply power generation equipment and long-term services for a new gas-fired, independent power plant called Riyadh PP11. The plant is the first of its kind and will
According to Oil & Gas Journal, the Kingdom has the world’s fourth-largest proven natural gas reserves. Low prices for natural gas until recent years, and purposely low production of oil to meet OPEC quotas, have both contributed to the relatively low natural gas production levels.
According to Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia’s demand for electricity is increasing at a rate of eight per cent a year. Saudi Arabia, which has an installed capacity of 44,000 megawatts, is expected to need about 70,000 megawatts of power by the year 2020. The new project will add nearly 1,730 megawatts of power to SEC’s grid.
Shipment of the equipment for Riyadh PP11 will begin in 2011. The first phase of the project is scheduled to enter commercial operation in mid 2012, while the second phase is scheduled to enter full operation by mid 2013.
In addition to meeting the rising demand for power, Riyadh PP11 also is designed to address Saudi Arabia’s environmental needs. The plant will feature GE’s high efficiency, F-technology gas turbines and advanced emissions control, and will use natural gas, a cleaner burning fossil fuel, as its primary fuel.
To date, GE has over 400 installations at SEC sites throughout the country, providing the Kingdom with over 20,000 megawatt of power. This new project further builds on the strong relationship between SEC and GE which spans over 40 years.