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Electricity generation in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, 18 February 2001
The real electricity generating capability is expected to reach 70,000 megawatts by the year 1440 AH, according to reports published recently by the Ministry of Industry and Electricity.

The reports estimated the total cost of covering electricity needs for the next 25 years at SR438 billion. The reports pointed out that power generation in the Kingdom has increased 18 times since 1395 AH, with average annual growth of 13.7 percent.

The total power output in 1420 AH reached 21,679 megawatts, out of which water desalination power generation stations in the Kingdom contributed 2,271 megawatts. The Government of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz has given great attention to electric power and is determined to extend it to the whole country as soon as possible.

Electricity was supplied to more than 7,357 cities and provinces by the end of 1420AH, the report said. The number of subscribers increased by an annual average of 10.6 percent, to reach more than 3,518 million by the end of 1420AH. About 105 million megawatts per hour was sold in 1420AH, with an increase of 8.8 percent on the previous year, the report added.

Gazlan, Saudi Arabia's first steam station, has been in the Kingdom since 1400 AH, with 400 megawatts, while Gazlan II is expected to finish in 1422 AH with 600 megawatt.

Work is underway, and expected to finish by 1422AH, the ninth 1200-megawatt-power generation station in Riyadh, the report concluded.


Source: SPA

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