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Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) CEO and President Ali bin Saleh Al-Barrak has told Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper that 20 percent of Saudi Arabia’s electricity has been produced “without fuel” as a result of the wide-scale uptake of combined cycle technology to utilise power plant exhaust gases. SEC has been investing in a programme that has seen it building new power plants with combined cycle technology, as well as expanding existing sites.
SEC says that it will take between six and seven years for all power plants to be converted, after which non-fuel electricity production is forecast to increase to 40% of the total output.
Al-Barrak went on to say that the company had prioritised work on transmission networks and new power plants, but that there was “now a strong programme to replace the old networks…being implemented.” The completion of work on old urban distribution networks is expected to reach completion in the next two to three years.