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Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has announced a plan to reduce its use of liquid fuels in electricity generation by almost 550,000 b/d through the switching of power plants to gas-fired operation. This could enable Saudi Arabia to eliminate direct crude burning, which, according to MEES calculations, averaged 520,000 b/d last year.
Saudi generators’ burning of crude that would otherwise bring in export revenues has long been a target for policy makers. At times, direct crude burn has reached 1mn b/d, particularly in the summer when air conditioning demand peaks (see graph).
The target was revealed by SEC director Ziad al-Shiha at an industry forum. “SEC expects that current and future plans, once completed, will save approximately 200mn barrels (548,000 b/d) of fuel annually,” he said, according to official news agency SPA. He added that SEC is also “transforming most of its existing simple cycle units to combined cycle technology and also using supercritical boilers in steam power plants.” (CONTINUED - 496 WORDS)
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