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SEC adds generation capacity in H1 2010

Effective capacity of Saudi utility now 40,496 MW.

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The SEC's added capacity comes from gas-fired units.
The SEC's added capacity comes from gas-fired units.

 The Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) said it has been able to add 2,615 megawatts of electric power to its power generation capacity in the first half of 2010 bringing its effective capacity to 40,496 MW, Saudi-based Al Riyadh daily says Saturday citing report of the mainly state-owned utility.

The additional capacity came from gas-fired units, said the report, adding that the total 40,496 MW capacity included 607 MW from leased generation units, the paper adds.

The quantity of power generated by SEC’s plants grew 1.6 percent to 87,456 gigawatts in the first half compared with the same period a year earlier.

The maximum daily load reached 44,207 MW, up 10.4 percent from a year earlier, as the number of SEC’s subscribers increased over the period by more than 154,000 to about 5.84 million, the report said.

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