Saudi Electricity approves $3.9b projects
23 Aug 2010
(MENAFN) Saudi Electricity Co., the state- controlled utility, said its board approved projects valued at $3.9 billion as it seeks to meet rising demand for power in the Arab worldï¿½s largest economy, Bloomberg reported.
Projects include expanding the Rabigh power plant, building a power link between Hail and al-Jawf, and installing power cables in Mecca, the Riyadh-based company said in a statement to the Saudi bourse. The power provider will borrow and use its own funds to finance the projects, according to the statement.
Power demand in Saudi Arabia, the worldï¿½s largest oil supplier, is set to increase 8 percent a year as the population expands and the government invests to spur economic growth.
The kingdom has implemented tariffs for electricity from July 1 as it seeks more efficient energy use, the Saudi Press Agency reported in June.