GE has won a major contract worth nearly $1bn to deliver a 1390 MW combined cycle power plant in Saudi Arabia.

The Waad Al Shamal plant is operated by Saudi Electricity Company and is scheduled to be completed in 48 months, when it will be used to power phosphate mining operations.

GE will supply four advanced 7F.05 heavy duty gas turbines and a steam turbine.GE in Saudi Arabia gas plant deal

Saudi Electricity chief executive Ziyad Al Shiha said that the plant was part of the company’s drive to “strengthen the kingdom’s power infrastructure to meet the growing demand for electricity and to accelerate all-round growth”.

He added that Waad Al Shamal “has tremendous potential to energize the local economy and create jobs for Saudis through its support to the industrial sector.”

For GE, the contract is notable because one of the gas turbines will be fully assembled at GE’s Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam. The other gas turbines will be produced in the US at Greenville while the steam turbine will be coming from GE’s plant in Schenectady, New York.

Mohammed Mohaisen, GE’s president of gas power systems for the Middle East and North Africa, said: Waad Al Shamal would bring significant value to Saudi Arabia “by strengthening the northern grid and through its potential to energize the local industrial sector”.

“By installing a gas turbine that is fully assembled at GE’s Manufacturing Technology Center in Dammam, we are delivering on our commitment to provide stronger localization support to our partners.”