Alfanar Construction, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has signed several strategic projects to the tune of SR 1.5 billion (US$400 million) in the first half of 2013. The projects awarded include the construction of substations as well as underground cabling works in different parts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, Alfanar bagged the Best Energy Project Award for its Hail III power plant at the Middle East Electricity exhibition, the largest exhibition of its kind in the region.
The substation project was signed with the Saline Water Conversion Corp. (SWCC), which awarded one of its largest T&D power project worth SR 716 million to Alfanar. This project aims at integrating the large Power Generation capacity (3100 MW) of Yanbu III into the grid to provide reliable power by optimizing flexibility and reliability of the power generated. Alfanar shall be fully responsible for the turnkey construction of Yanbu (3) substation required for the Complete Power Transmission from Yanbu III 3100 MW Power Generation Facility to PS2 380-kV and 110-kV substations. This project will supply power to the SWCC pumping stations. The project will be executed on an extremely fast track basis since the substations are scheduled to be completed and put into service within 22 Months.
The contract signing ceremony was held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Majid Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, Governor of Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah region. His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Bin Abdul Rahman Al-Husayen, Minister of Water & Electricity and Sabah Al Mutlaq Vice Chaiman, alfanar Group signed the contract in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Abdul Rahman Bin Mohammad Al-Ibrahim, Governor, Saline Water Conversion Corporation.
The Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) awarded Alfanar two major projects for the construction of 380-kV underground cables In Jeddah and Makkah, with a total value of SR 793million. Mr. Ali Al Barrak, CEO of the Saudi Electricity Co. signed the contract with Mr. Sabah Al Mutlaq, Vice Chairman of Alfanar in the presence of Mr. Abdullah Al-Hamad, President, Alfanar Construction and others.
The second project involves the construction of 380-kV underground cables to establish two circuit links (21 km), between the Jeddah Central substation and the Jeddah North/ Al-Faisaliyah substations . The project will be completed in 22 months.
These two projects constitute a part of a challenging plan by the Saudi Electricity Co. to upgrade and strengthen the capacity of the electricity grid across the Western Region in order to meet the growing demand for electricity in the areas of Jeddah and Makkah.
To substantiate the high quality and the commitment in executing challenging projects, Alfanar won the Best Power Project Award at the Middle East Electricity exhibition in Dubai in February! The award was in recognition to the works done at the Hail 2 power plant extension III project, a project which was completed six weeks ahead of schedule.