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|17 August, 2018

Saudi Electricity Company links 7 new transformers to main power grid

The move aims to support the industrialization and mining projects

Image used for illustrative purpose. A vehicle drives past workers near power plant number 10 at Saudi Electricity Company's Central Operation Area, south of Riyadh.

Image used for illustrative purpose. A vehicle drives past workers near power plant number 10 at Saudi Electricity Company's Central Operation Area, south of Riyadh.

REUTERS/Fahad Shadeed

RIYADH - The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has started of seven power transformer stations in the northern area with a total value of SR2.1 billion ($560 million) and capacity of 3613 MVA to connect the north with the main power grid.

The move aims to support the industrialization and mining projects in the city of Wa'ad Al-Shamaal.

SEC has pointed out that the seven stations were connected to the electrical network via aerial and land lines with a length of about 1,592 km circular. The stations will transfer electricity from the combined-cycle generation plant of Wa’ad Al-Shamaal to the manufacturing and mining projects in the city.

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Last month, Wa’ad Al-Shamaal was launched with capacity of 1,390 megawatts, including 50 megawatts solar energy. The Saudi Electricity Company confirmed that projects of Wa’ad Al-Shamaal combined-cycle generation station and the seven transfer stations, at a total cost of SR5.8 billion, will contribute to supporting economic and development projects in the northern regions of the Kingdom.

Wa’ad Al-Shamaal station will provide about four million barrels of equivalent fuel. The big industrialization and mining projects in the city of Wa’ad Al-Shamaal promise a bright future for the electrical power sector and the city represents the future of power in the Kingdom, in light of the availability of technical and logistical elements of success and the infrastructure, and the expected increase demand for electricity by factories and companies and urban expansions in the region, SEC said.

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