Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded General Electric (GE) a contract to supply eight gas turbine generators for the Riyadh Power Plant 12 (PP12) project. On 29 September GE said the project will add 2gw of power when it enters commercial operation in 2015. “PP12 is part of Saudi Arabia’s plans to add 33gw of power generation capacity by 2020,” said GE. SEC operates some 90% of Saudi Arabia’s power generating capacity, and analysts estimate the company’s current capacity at 40.7gw.

Although no value was given for the SEC contract, GE announced on 26 September that it had won contracts worth a combined $1.2bn for 19 units of a newly developed gas turbine model, for power generators in the US, Japan and Saudi Arabia. The turbines will be built at GE’s Greenville, South Carolina, plant. (CONTINUED - 663 WORDS)