SEC embarks on network upgrade

06 September 2002

Saudi Electricity Company has awarded the first contracts in a new wave of spending on transmission and distribution (T&D) networks in the Eastern Province and the Southern and Western Regions. Worth SR 290 million ($77 million) in total, the bulk of the contracts signed on 1 September are for upgrades of substations in the Eastern Province. The new surge in spending comes after a fallow period during the restructuring of the kingdom's power sector (MEED 26:7:02; 12:4:02).

Saudi Services for Electro-Mechanical Works Company was awarded the largest proportion of contracts, worth SR 60.4 million ($16 million), for the upgrade of a 115/13.8-kV substation at Jubail and connecting transmission lines to the power station at Berri. The company will also be responsible for the upgrade of substations at Tamimi and Al-Khobal.

Work in the Al-Ahsa region includes SR 52.55 million ($14 million) worth of contracts awarded to local companies for the construction of substations at Al-Mazawi and Ain al-Nakhl. Al-Mashrik Contracting Companywas awarded a SR 56 million ($15 million) contract for the construction of a substation at Al-Mazroeya, and the reinforcement of the existing 69/13.8-kV substation at Anood. Strengthening works will also be carried out by local companies on the Al-Jazeera and Domut al-Jandal substations, while the local Turki Industrial Trading Companyhas been awarded a SR 21.8 million ($6 million) contract for the upgrade of a substation at Al-Qatib.

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