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CONTRACT AWARDED FOR SECOND PHASE OF SHUAIBA POWER PLANT 2

JEDDAH 12/24/00
WORK ON THE SECOND PHASE OF A MAJOR POWER PLANT IN SHUAIBA WILL START SHORTLY AS THE SAUDI ELECTRICAL COMPANY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS YESTERDAY AWARDED THE PROJECT TO A SPECIALIST COMPANY. THE SECOND PHASE IS ESTIMATED TO COST APPROXIMATELY SR 1.53 BILLION.

THE JEDDAH-BASED ARAB NEWS TODAY QUOTED INDUSTRY AND ELECTRICITY MINISTER DR HASHIM YAMANI AS SAYING THAT THE PROJECT INCLUDED THE FOURTH AND FIFTH UNITS WITH A TOTAL GENERATING CAPACITY OF 750 MEGAWATTS.

CROWN PRINCE ABDULLAH BIN ABDULAZIZ, DEPUTY PREMIER AND COMMANDER OF THE NATIONAL GUARD, LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE FOR THE NEW PLANT.

THE MINISTER DISCLOSED THAT THE FIRST UNIT OF THE NEW PLANT WOULD START SUPPLYING POWER BY THE MIDDLE OF 2001

DR YAMANI SAID THE SHUAIBA PLANT WOULD PLAY A BIG ROLE IN INCREASING ELECTRICITY SUPPLY TO MAKKAH, JEDDAH, TAIF AND MADINAH CITIES.

DR BAKR HAMZA KHASHEEM, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE COMPANY IN THE WESTERN REGION, SAID THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SECOND PHASE WOULD STRENGTHEN THE CAPACITY OF THE PLANT AND HELP MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE GROWING NUMBER OF SUBSCRIBERS IN THE REGION.

THE SHUAIBA PLANT IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE LARGEST ELECTRICITY POWER GENERATING FACILITIES IN THE KINGDOM. OTHER MAJOR ELECTRICITY PLANTS ARE SITUATED IN QURAYAT IN THE EASTERN PROVINCE, RIYADH AND RABIGH IN THE MADINAH REGION.

Source: SPA 12/24/00 8:36:58 PM

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