Wednesday, 31 May 2017 00:00

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has finalised the implementation and operation of a number of electricity transmission and interconnection projects worth a total of $1.46 billion.

Located in the kingdom's Northern Region, the projects include 6 plants for the transmission of electric energy and 5 aerial lines for electric interconnection between cities.

Khalid Al-Rashid, Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Electricity Company for Projects Development (SECPD), a subsidiary of SEC, said in a news statement that the projects are considered as one of the largest in the northern regions of the Kingdom and will contribute to linking the northern regions with the main grid (voltage 380kv) and supporting industrial and urban development in the regions of Jouf, Tabuk and northern border.

The projects will also contribute to ensuring stable supply of electric energy to these cities and regions and reducing costs of electric energy production either by depending on the highly efficient generation plants or reducing fuel consumption, particularly since the project will save about 11.5 million barrel of diesel annually, as part of the company’s policy and the Kingdom Vision 2030 about reducing dependence on oil in future projects.

The projects have added 2,214 circular km of aerial lines to the national grid and the fibre optic cables have been increased at the same volume throughout the electric grid, a matter which will facilitate linking the plants’ systems with the control centres.

The total capacities of the transformers installed at the new plants amounted to 7.319 mva, and the total length of the external insulated rods, amounted to 31km.

“The projects will set a base for future electric links with Green Duba Generation Plant, in addition to the link with Al- Madinah region through East of Al- Madinah Plant, as well as interconnection with the national grid of Egypt. The King Abdullah Project for development of Waad Al-Shamal city is considered as one of the most important development projects in the region, which is being supplied with electric power from these projects,” according to Al-Rashid.


Source : https://www.thebig5hub.com/news/2017/may/146-billion-worth-power-projects-finalised-by-saudi/

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