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SEC to provide 600MW to power Haramain Railway

$488m project to be completed by 2012.

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The SEC will power the new railway linking Jeddah with Medina and Mecca.
The SEC will power the new railway linking Jeddah with Medina and Mecca.

 The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) will provide 600MW to the Haramain Railway linking the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina with Jeddah.

Transport Minister and Chairman of the Saudi Railway Organisation (SRO) Jabara Al-Seraisry said the SEC will power the 450 kilometre high-speed railway as well as its stations at King Abdullah Economic City in Rabigh and Madinah.

"We are now in the process of completing all requirements to implement the Haramain Railway project as quickly as possible," said Al-Seraisry after signing the requisite agreement along with Finance Minister Ibrahim Al Assaf, chairman of the Public Investment Fund.

SRO President Abdul Aziz Al Hokail said the SEC would set up six main 380KV power supply stations for the railway. Under the accord, it will also establish 380KV supply lines with a total length of 245 kilometre to link the six stations with the electricity network.

The SEC has agreed to complete its works and services by the end of 2012, said Al Hokail, which indicates that the railway will be launched in early 2013.

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