SEC to ramp up Riyadh capacity by 2017
State-owned utility to add nearly 5,000 MW over the next three years.
Saudi Electricity Co (SEC) plans to bring online more than 4,750 megawatts of natural gas-fired generating capacity in Riyadh between 2015 and 2017, the state-run utility said on Sunday.
One power plant, known as PP10, will have an additional 1,150 MW operational from May 2015, SEC said in its 2013 annual report.
Two other plants, PP13 and PP14, with a combined capacity of 3,600 MW, would come online in August 2017, Reuters said.
Meanwhile, some units of plant PP12, which will have a capacity of 1,740 MW, have started operations, the company added.
The company's total available generating capacity nationally was 61,625 MW at the end of June this year.
SEC will spend SAR 622 bn ($166 bn) between now and 2023 on adding 40,000 MW of installed generating capacity and expanding transmission and distribution networks.