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National Grid to work towards making Saudi Arabia a power hub [free access]

August 26, 2019

National Grid SA [a subsidiary of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)] will work towards the country’s Vision 2030 plan, which aims to reduce the country’s dependence on oil, diversify its economy, and develop public service sectors such as health, education, infrastructure, recreation and tourism.

 

As per the Vision 2030, the company will help make Saudi Arabia into a regional electricity interconnection hub between Asia and Africa, which is possible because of its strategic position between the two continents and its strong power infrastructure. The country has around 84,000 km of lines, 1,093 conversion stations, and 3,465 transformers with a capacity of 424,000 MVA.

 

In future, National Grid also plans to shift to smart electric grids, for managing the transmission network in the country. Going forward, the utility plans to strengthen its grid network by adding 23,000 km of transmission lines and 259 substations, in order to support industrial projects.