Saudi Grid Has 74.3GW Generating Capacity Available, Says SEC

Saudi electricity utility SEC says that generating capacity available to supply the Saudi national grid amounted to 74.3GW at the end of 2016, an increase of 7.4% from the 69.2GW available for supplying customers at the end of 2015.

SEC is by far Saudi Arabia’s largest generator, with total capacity of 55GW at end-2016. The remainder is capacity available from some of the 16 other companies with their own power plants, some of which have agreements to deliver excess generated power to the grid.

The utility this week recorded a peak load for the year to date of 61.16GW, which it said was 666MW or 1.1% higher than last year’s peak load. However, both are lower than the record 62.26GW load set in August 2015. (CONTINUED - 320 WORDS)