Riyadh PP11 achieves full commercial operation
New gas-fired 1,729 MW facility completed on schedule
Saudi Arabia’s Dhuruma Electricity Company (DEC) has announced that the Riyadh PP11 IPP achieved full commercial operations on 12 March of this year. The gas-fired facility has an output capacity of 1,729MW and is located around 125km west of Riyadh.
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is set to be the sole off-taker of power sold at by the project company DEC, in which it also holds a 50% stake. The firm’s remaing shares are held by GDF SUEZ Group (20%), Aljomaih Holding Co. (15%) and Blue Horizon, part of Sojitz Corporation (15%). The project has been constructed on a Build-Own-Operate arrangement with SEC, and was started in June 2010.
Hyundai Heavy Industries was the EPC contractor on the scheme, whilst General Electric has provided seven gas turbines and two steam turbines for the site. First power was achieved in June 2012 – providing a 600MW boost to the Saudi grid.
The site will now be operated and maintained by Dhuruma O&M Company – jointly owned by GDF SUEZ (80%) and Aljomaih Group (20%).
“The Saudi Electricity Company is committed to cope effectively with the increasing demand for electricity through structured plans and programmes that define projects, as well as the technical and financial requirements and human needs. It further utilises the performance indicators as mechanisms for managing its strategic orientation and organisational performance. Through its efforts, the Company has succeeded in attaining concrete achievements in the development and reinforcement of the electrical system capacities in the Kingdom, in a manner that is in line with the Kingdom’s recent rapid economic growth,” said Ali Saleh Al Barrak, CEO and president of SEC.
Al Barrak also said that SEC was ‘actively participating’ in Saudi Arabia’s efforts to develop IPPs and IWPPs within the Kingdom. SEC is looking to add 24,500 MW of generation capacity, boosting total capacity within Saudi to 95,000 MW by 2020.
GDF SUEZ Energy Middle East, Turkey & Africa CEO and president, Shankar Krishnamoorthy, said: “Over the years, GDF SUEZ has earned a reputation of being a reliable developer and operator of electricity and water facilities in Saudi Arabia. By bringing PP11 into operation on schedule, we have honoured our commitment to the Saudi Electricity Company and we have sustained our reputation as a trusted partner. Our Group owes this success to the close alignment and cooperation of its project partners, contractors and suppliers and we want to thank them for that.”