8 February 2012 – Saudi Electricity Co (SEC) expects installed capacity in Saudi Arabia to double within the decade.

The company’s executive vice-president Fouad Alsherebi told a seminar at Power-Gen Middle East in Qatar today that installed capacity at the end of last year stood at 50907 – and by 2020 a further 50731 was targeted to come online.

He explained that the huge capacity boost was part of ambitious plans by SEC – Saudi Arabia’s sole electricity utility – to connect the kingdom’s grid: at the moment it comprises fragmented networks.

Oman expects to commission 300 MW of electricity this year and is also looking into developing a 200 MW solar plant.

Ahmed Bin Saleh Al Jahdhami, chief operating officer of Oman Power and Water Procurement Co (OPWP), said that a successful feasibility study had been carried out into the solar plant and the company next planned to begin the tender process.

Also speaking at the PGME seminar at the Qatar national Convention Centre in Doha, he added that the sultanate had no plans to launch a solar Feed-in-Tariff scheme.
OPWP is the single buyer of all energy for independent power projects in Oman.