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Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has announced a series of measures aimed at meeting the expected surge in demand for power over the summer months. Speaking to Arab News, SEC stated that it was implementing a series of schemes to meet demand in Makkah province, which has seen a 62% increase in power requirements in 12 years.
Amongst the measures announced is the operation of the first unit of the Rabigh IPP plant which will see 600 MW of capacity introduced to the grid. The Rabigh Plant extension is a substantial $3.44 billion investment that will see a total 2,800 MW produced when fully operational in 2015. The company is also set to operate a central transformer in north west Jeddah, as well as six new transformers in the Shamiya and Batha Quraish districts.
SEC told Arab News that electricity demand in the Makkah province has risen substantially, rising from 13 MW average consumption in 2000, to a 21 MW average in 2011.