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SEC partners with CESI to boost energy efficiency

Agreement marks CESI's second strategic collaboration with SEC

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CESI's team will provide load forecasting, generation expansion planning, and transmission network planning
CESI's team will provide load forecasting, generation expansion planning, and transmission network planning

Technical consulting and engineering firm CESI Middle East (CESI) has signed a US $2.7mn consultancy agreement with the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to support various projects across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The partnership is focused on enhancing efficiency and the lifetime extension of existing facilities and installations in order for SEC to be best equipped to meet future power demand.

CESI's approach will include the integration of renewable energy sources on the planning and operation of transmission networks, supporting SEC 's commitments regarding sustainability.

The agreement marks CESI's second strategic collaboration with SEC. CESI was first selected to implement a High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) power transportation interconnector between Riyadh and Mecca, covering the central and western regions of Saudi Arabia.

Commenting on the new agreement, Floris Schulze, Managing Director of CESI Middle East, said: "CESI's five-year consultancy with SEC sees us well-positioned to support Saudi Arabia overcome challenges in a market that has a continuously growing demand for energy. Through this partnership, CESI is taking a lead role in the Middle East's shift towards a focus on energy efficiency, conservation and long-term sustainability."
The Saudi government is working to create an additional 30,000MW of generation capacity as part of its initiative to increase power generation capacity twofold by 2030 in order to meet the demands of a growing population.

To enable SEC to manage this demand, as part of the agreement, CESI's team will provide short-term, mid-term and long-term load forecasting, generation expansion planning, and transmission network planning. The power system's planning activities will be performed according to a specific methodology adopted by CESI which allows for the determination of 'best choice' regarding the expansion of the power system to meet the forecasted demand while satisfying the operational, reliability and economic requirements.

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