Saudi Electricity Company plans to add 9,830MW of new power generating capacity to the kingdom’s grid between 2012 and 2023.

The state-owned utility will tender the projects between 2010 and 2018. Saudi Electricity plans to build the plants at Rabigh, Riyadh, Al-Shuqaiq, Tabuk, Al-Wajh, Tabarjal, Deba, Jeddah, Al-Qurayat, Rafha, Sharoura, Al-Uqair, and Al-Jubail/Ras al-Zour.

The projects will be implemented as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deals.

Demand for power is growing at a rate of 7 per cent a year in the kingdom. It is forecast to reach 41,065MW in 2009 and rise to 65,360MW by 2018.

Saudi Electricity revealed plans for projects until 2018. For a breakdown of all planned projects, see the attached table.