Saudi Power Project Schedules Slide, But Outlook Stable

Jazan and Yanbu-3 start-ups are advancing slower than planned.

The construction schedules at two of Saudi Arabia’s biggest power projects have slipped, but a recent increase in the differential between installed capacity and peak load will mean that supply should be reliable.

US industrial gases firm Air Products, in its recently published 2018 annual report, says that while mechanical completion of the giant Jazan integrated gasifier combined cycle (IGCC) plant was achieved last year, the plant is nevertheless expected to “come onstream in late 2019.”

The power plant will be integrated with a 400,000 b/d refinery under construction in Jazan Economic City in the remote southwest of the kingdom. Commissioning of the power plant and the refinery will require careful coordination, since 1GW of the plant’s total of 4GW of capacity is earmarked to supply the refinery, while the IGCC plant is expected to burn 90,000 b/d of residual fuel oil from the refinery along with oxygen and nitrogen from an air separation unit within the refinery. (CONTINUED - 580 WORDS)


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