Minister says Saudi will need $133bn to finance power generation investment

Saudi Arabia’s power sector will require $133.3bn of investment in new projects to ensure that supply remains above demand.

Speaking at the Saudi Water & Electricity Forum, Abdullah al-Hussayen, Minister of Water & Electricity, forecast that peak demand for power will reach 90,000 MW by 2022, up from the 62,260 MW reached in August 2015. Peak demand for electricity grew by more than 10 per cent in 2015.
Abdullah al-Hussayen, Minister of Water & Electricity
Also speaking at the conference in Riyadh, Ziyad Mohammed al- Shiha, CEO of state utility Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) said that 13 GW of new power generation capacity would come online in the next five years, boosting the current installed capacity by 13 per cent.

In addition to building new capacity, Al-Shiha said that a key priority for SEC was improving the efficiency of existing and new plants. The CEO said that the utility was targeting an efficiency rate of 40 per cent by 2020, up from the 32 per cent efficiency rate in 2013.

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