Touching Everyday Lives – Shoaiba Power Plant II, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Shoaiba II Power Plant, 1,200 MW power generating capacity by Saudi Electric Company, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia

Project facts

Client: The Saudi Electric Company

Type: Power Plant

Country: Saudi Arabia

Powering the growth of industries and the wellbeing of citizens...

The Saudi Electric Company (SEC) is a Saudi Arabia-based joint-stock company with headquarters in Riyadh that generates, transmits and distributes electricity across the country.  Given the country’s climate, there is a constant demand for power—from both industrial and residential sources. One particular spike in demand occurs during Ramadan. Given that Ramadan usually falls during the summer months, temperatures can climb up into the mid-forties. Resulting surges in demand for air conditioning can cause brown outs.

In 2011, the SEC commissioned a new power plant to provide 1200 MW more power. And rapidly. The goal: Have the plant, called Shoiba II, operational before Ramadan in July of 2013. The SEC issued an RFP for bids. Given Pöyry’s global track record, and their competitive pricing, SEC awarded the work to Pöyry.  The Shoaiba II design featured 10 gas turbines and two steam turbines.  Pöyry was responsible for reviewing the EPC contractor’s detail design and approving it. They also acted as site supervisors.

 “We made sure the right material, the right equipment and the right personnel converged on the site at the right time,” noted Nico Kruger, Project Manager from Pöyry.  “Not an easy task considering the scope of this project and the time constraints we faced.”

As a result of the Pöyry’s work supervising the Shoaiba II project, the July 2013 deadline was met with two days to spare. And brown-outs were avoided. Now Saudi Arabia enjoys that much more electricity to power the growth of its industries and to keep its citizens more comfortable.