Saudi Electricity seeks bids for hybrid gas-solar power plant

SEC-hybridThe integrated solar combined cycle plant will primarily burn natural gas, but will use solar thermal energy to increase fuel efficiency at the planned facility near Tabuk. (Image source: Magharebia/Flickr)Saudi Electricity Company has invited bids to build, own and operate the Kingdom’s first fossil-fuel fired power plant, which will use solar energy to cut carbon emissions

According to Reuters, the 550 MW integrated solar combined cycle (ISCC) plant will primarily burn natural gas, but will use solar thermal energy to increase fuel efficiency at the planned facility near Tabuk on the Red Sea coast.

ISCC plants reportedly reduce emissions of climate-warming carbon by increasing the amount of steam available for driving power generation turbines, without having to burn more gas or oil.

SEC said the planned power plant must also be able to burn Arabian super light crude oil as a back-up for gas.

The utility has set 12 January 2014 as the cut-off date for companies to express interest in bidding for the project.

The company did not reveal any details on how large the solar element of the project was expected to be.

 

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