Riyadh – The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) announced launching 16 innovative projects to start 2017 that aim to enhance power efficiency in the Kingdom – the company delivers services for 500,000 customers daily amid expectations to achieve a qualitative development and feasibility through these projects in the near future.
Engineer Ziyad Alshiha, CEO of Saudi Electricity Company said that they started by establishing three or four centers in Saudi Arabia as a plan to implement these innovative projects to treat networks -“we own the biggest network in the Middle East generating 65 MGW linked with the GCC countries, with plans to move to North Africa and Europe” the latter added .
This announcement came on the sidelines of the “Second Forum for Research, Development, and Innovation” to shed lights on the role of researches and innovative ideas in achieving sustainable development, along with efforts to invest intellectual capital to achieve remarkable advancements in the field of electrical power industry.
Al Shiha said that they are currently focusing on investing the Saudi Arabian environment to provide power; an environment which is rich with sand, air, and sunlight amid absence of water resources, which makes them depend on solar power.
According to the CEO, many factors have reduced the peak of energy consumption this year – including the implementation of awareness programs to rationalize energy, increasing tariffs encouraged people to benefit from rationalization and these programs, the efficiency of devices used since three years in schools and houses, and the drop of temperatures compared with 2015.
Al Shiha added that SEC has established an entity for researchers and development as a central unit in the company and they are now building specialized centers for transport networks in addition to a center for smart networks in the King Abdulaziz City to raise fuel efficiency.
He also said that SEC has received governmental support for their programs along with bank loans to promote the service and reduce costs by using smart networks and parameters ‘Smart Efficient with Customer’ (SIS).
As per renewable energy, Al Shiha said that the Saudi Minister of Energy announced the production will reach 9.5 GGW before the end of 2023 and that a team led by the ministry includes the King Abdullah City, SEC, and Aramco – all working as one reference in all the ongoing studies, which will be revealed soon.