SEC links seven transformer stations to main electricity grid

SEC power gridThe initiative is in line with SEC’s efforts to connect the northern areas with the main power grid of the kingdom. (Image source: Jeff Wallace/Flickr)The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has announced the start of seven power transformer stations in the northern border area with a total value of US$560mn and capacity of 3613 mva

The initiative is in line with SEC’s efforts to connect the northern areas with the main power grid of the kingdom and to support the industrialisation and mining projects in Wa'ad Al-Shamaal.

SEC said that the seven stations were connected to the electrical network via aerial and landlines with a length of about 1592 kilometres circular. The stations will transfer electricity from the combined-cycle generation plant of Wa’ad Al-Shamaal to the manufacturing and mining projects in the city.

In July 2018, Wa’ad Al-Shamaal was launched with the capacity of 1390MW including 50MW solar energy.

The company confirmed that projects of Wa’ad Al-Shamaal combined-cycle generation station and the seven transfer stations, at a total cost of US$1.55bn, will contribute to supporting economic and development projects in the northern regions of the kingdom.

Wa’ad Al-Shamaal station will provide about four mmbbl of equivalent fuel. The big industrialisation and mining projects in the city aim to add to a bright future for the electrical power sector, representing the future of power in Saudi Arabia. This is in light of the availability of technical and logistical elements, the infrastructure and the expected increase in demand for electricity by factories and companies and urban expansions in the region.

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