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A look at electricity generation in Saudi Arabia in 2019 so far

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Energy policy/economics researcher KAPSARC

I am an energy policy and economics researcher. My work consists of modeling energy systems. I developed most of the sectors in the KAPSARC Energy Model, which represents the Saudi energy system;...

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  • Aug 13, 2019

In its earnings call for the first half of 2019, the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) revealed that the average thermal efficiency of generating plants in Saudi Arabia reached 40.22% (page 7 in the H1 2019 file). Back in 2011, it was around 32%. The company realized fuel savings of 8 million barrels of oil equivalent in H1 2019 over H1 2018, thanks to improving plant efficiency and plateauing electricity demand.

First half results for SEC are shown here:

Gas turbine plants used to make up the majority of SEC's capacity mix, whereas now they represent a third of the utility's capacity. Combined cycle and high-efficiency steam turbine plants have gained share.

In its 2018 earnings call, SEC also showed diesel (yes, as a power generation fuel) was being phased out at a rapid rate. 


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Matt Chester on Aug 13, 2019

How does the 40% thermal efficiency in Saudi Arabia compare with other nations in the region?

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Walid Matar on Aug 14, 2019

I only keep track of power generation news for Saudi Arabia. 

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