Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has invited international and local consultants to submit bids by 31 July for the design contract covering its new PP10 power plant, 80 kilometres west of Riyadh. The new facility will have capacity of 2,000 MW, making it one of the biggest to be built in the kingdom. SEC's original plan was for a 1,750-MW plant, but rising demand has seen it upgrade planned capacity.
Invited consultants include Saudi Consulting Services (SaudConsult), Germany's Fichtner and National Engineering Services of Pakistan (Nespak). In addition to the design, the successful bidder will prepare tender documents, which are expected to be issued to prequalified firms in 2007. The plant construction contract will be let on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.Several other SEC projects are under development. Prices are due to be opened soon for the expansion of the Tabuk facility, and bids are due by the end of July for a new 250-MW power station at Jizan. Nespak is also working on the design of a further extension to the PP3 plant in Jeddah.