Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has extended the deadline for bids to build its second power plant at Shuaiba. Bidders now have until the end of August to enter proposals.

The original deadline for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract was 10 July. This was extended by a month before a further extension to the end of August (MEED 26:5:11).

The natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant will have a capacity of 1,440MW. The project should be completed by the third quarter of 2014.

The first Shuaiba project was developed in three phases. The first has a capacity of 1,050MW, while the second phase has a capacity of 760MW of power and 100 million gallons per day (g/d) of water.

The third phase was built as an independent water and power project with a capacity of 900MW. It was brought online in 2009.

The second Shuaiba project will be built near the existing facility.