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Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has invited bids for the construction of a 2,400MW thermal power station at Shuqaiq on the west coast of the Kingdom
According to a report by MEED, SEC will have until October 2013 to submit technical bids for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract. The technical bids will be assessed before financial offers are invited.
The project will be similar in size and scope to the Jeddah South project. Jeddah South has a capacity of 2,400MW, but bidders were asked to submit proposals for projects up to 2,640MW.
The projects are part of SEC’s programme to add generating capacity to the grid to keep pace with rapidly rising demand for power in the country. By 2021, Saudi Arabia has forecast its peak demand to reach 87.76GW.
A SEC statement said, “Most of Saudi Arabia’s power generation capacity is gas-fired, although the country has a policy of increasing its thermal generating capacity. The new projects at Shuqaiq and Jeddah South will help Saudi Arabia to achieve this."