340MWh added to Saudi Grid

  • Posted on: 10 January 2010
  • By: ali

SqWEC added 340MWh to the Saudi grid Thursday, meeting the increasing demand for power and water in the Southern region, Madani A. Alagi, chairman of Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Company, announced here on Friday.
"The project successfully accomplished its first commercial operation date (COD) by putting its first unit into full production in line with the project timeline," Alagi said, pointing out that the COD added 340 MWh to the Saudi Southern Region power grid.
The project consists of three construction phases and will reach a full production capacity of 850 MWh of electricity and 212,000m3/day after completion to be supplied to the Jazan and Asir provinces.
"The Shuqaiq project is a part of the country's efforts to meet the increasing demand of power and water in the Southern Region of Saudi Arabia and is located approximately 130 km west of Abha," Alagi told Arab News.
Abdul Aziz Al-Mahdi, CEO of Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Company, said this was a major step in meeting the company's objectives of completing all requirements on time and within the set target.
"We look forward to the project reaching full commercial production by the end of 2010 thus achieving its objectives of providing power and water to the public. This achievement will validate the success of public private partnerships in vital industries, creating job opportunities, opening new investment channels for local funds and attracting foreign investment," he said