Commercial Operation of The Second Electricity Production Unit
Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Company (SqWEC) announced the commercial operation of the second electricity production unit with capacity of 340 MWh, 36 days before the planned deadline.
Three months ago the first electricity production unit started operation, also with a capacity of 340 MWh. This brings the plant production of electricity to-date to a total of 680 MWh.The third and final electricity production unit will come into operation by the end of 2010 bringing the plant to full production with a capacity of 850 MWh.The new capacity will be used to meet the growing demand for electricity in Asir and Jizan in Saudi Arabia.
ACWA Power International, the lead developer of the project has overseen the construction work since it began in March 2007. This is the fourth of its seven IWPP/IPP/IWSP projects in the kingdom. Once all the projects are completed a total full production capacity of 2.3 million cubic meters per day and 6,200 MWh of electricity will be available. The seven projects are spread across the eastern, western and southern regions of the kingdom.'The success of the Shuqaiq project is a live example of the success of public private partnerships and their ability to meet the growing demand of power and water in the kingdom. The capacity it will add will be a huge addition to the power grid in the Southern Region of Saudi Arabia,' stated Paddy Padmanathan, ACWA Power's CEO.
Shuqaiq Water and Electricity Company was established as a closed Joint Stock Company where the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) owns 32 per cent and the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) owns 8 per cent, with the remaining share belonging to ACWA Power International, Gulf Investment Corporation and Mitsubishi Corp.The project is structured on a concession or utility outsourcing contract model and is the third IWPP project in the kingdom.'We look forward to the project reaching full commercial production by the end of 2010 with 850 MWh of electricity and 212,000 cubic meters per day of desalinated water thus achieving its objectives of providing power and water to the public,' added Abdulaziz Al-Mahdi executive managing officer of SqWEC.