Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has signed 10 contracts worth a total of $1.08bn (SAR 4.06 bn) for projects across the Kingdom, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
The CEO of SEC Ziyad Muhammad Al-Sheeha, who signed the deals, said each of six of the contracts involve the construction of one electricity transformer plant, four of which will be in Wa’d Al-Shimal, Al-Gurayyat, Al-Jouf and Ar’ar in the Northern Frontier Region. The fifth will be in Al-Khafji in the Eastern Province and the other in Al-Madhaya in Jazan. Operation of the plants is expected to begin in 29 months from the date the contracts were signed.
Another contract, which will be carried out within 30 months, involves the construction of a dual overhead line with a voltage of 380 kilovolts (kV) between Bisha and east of Taif with a length of 201 kilometres. The construction of a 23-kilomtre asphalt road between the new eastern Taif plant and the line near the Ministry of Defense is also part of the contract.
Two further contracts will see the construction of a dual overhead line with a voltage of 380kV between Al-Jouf 2 and Ar’ar central plants and another 380kV overhead line linking Tabarjal and Al-Jouf plants.
The final contract relates to the purchase of steam condensers in the 13th and 14th generating plants in Riyadh.
Each of the projects is designed to meet increasing electricity demand in the country and boost economic development in the regions to which they relate.