Saudi Electricity Company
Saudi Electricity Company
Saudi Electricity Company is gearing towards the process of scientific research and innovations in order to accomplish and achieve a strategic position in the ranks of international energy companies. The basic objectives of the long-term process is to improve the efficiency of electrical system performance, increase reliability, adoption of smart technology and applications to realize the company’s vision and develop innovative solutions by improving the company’s core business as the leading technology and innovation in the electric power sector.In this context, initiatives have been started in the fields for the establishment of ”Innovation Energy Incubator and Research Excellence Centers that will serve the various activities of the company aligned with five strategic domains; smart uses, energy efficiency, reliability and stability of systems, energy storage and renewable energy, environment and safety. These centers were facilitated with all resources, i.e. expert manpower, equipment and financial possibilities, support the participation of strategic partners such as national universities, research centers and the specialized institutes in studies related to electric power that will link them towards sustainable development in all activities of Saudi Electricity Company.
- Research and Development :
– Research Center for Renewable Energy
– Research Center for Generation and Fuel Efficiency
– Research Center for Transmission and Digital Simulation
– Research Center for Distribution and Smart Grids
– Portfolio of Research Projects Management
– Knowledge Management & Business Development Group – KMBDG
– Coordination & Technical Support Group
- Innovation of Energy Incubator
-Research Center of Renewable and Energy Storage
The center was started through a joint research project with King Saud University in the field of concentrated solar power CSP. The roles and responsibilities of the center includes Renewable Energy Technologies that complements their deployment such as energy storage under many collaborations e.g. KACST.
- Research and develop renewable energy technologies to utilize the clean energy resources suitable for climate conditions in Saudi Arabia.
- Introduce the latest renewable energy technologies and integrate them into the SEC electrical system in accordance with the environment of Saudi Arabia.
- Contribute to identifying and overcoming the obstacles that limit the use of renewable energy resources by creating environment friendly conditions and legislation.
- Stimulate research and development in the field of renewable energy technologies by studying the challenges of applying the renewable energy systems and to accelerate the commercial application of these technologies.
- Study of alternative energy storage systems and solutions.
- Study E-mobility and its chargers under different climatic conditions in Saudi Arabia.
- Development of an integrated gas turbine, solar particle heating and energy storage system in Riyadh, Valley of Technology in collaboration with King Saud University.
- Pilot Project for testing electric vehicles and quick chargers in the environment of Saudi Arabia.
- Testing of solid oxide fuel cells for electricity generation at power plant No. 9 in Riyadh.
Company Sustainable Activity
The Saudi Electricity Company and its subsidiaries are the largest electric power producer in the Middle East and North Africa. SEC is keeping pace with the increasing demands for electricity by providing continuous electric power with high reliability despite the great challenges and the accompanying environmental effects at the local and regional levels. The Saudi Electricity Company and its subsidiaries are committed to producing electric power with the highest professional level to reduce any environmental impacts while complying with environmental laws, regulations and requirements in order to reduce pollution, protect the environment and public health, achieve environmental compatibility and support sustainable development.
The company’s environmental vision to “lead the way in protecting the environment at the level of the Kingdom” is in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and supports the national economy’s diversification by reducing dependence on oil and preserving the environment. Through its strategic transformation program, the company is committed to achieve a leadership role in protecting the environment throughout Saudi Arabia through its environmental policies, which promote the diversification of clean energy sources, the optimal use of resources, reuse and recycling, waste minimization measures, as well as compliance with all prevailing environmental laws and regulations that contribute to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.
Compliance with environmental standards
All the company’s projects are designed to comply with the prevailing environmental standards in order to achieve compliance with environmental regulations and legislations that contribute to improving the environment in the Kingdom. These efforts resulted in getting 13 generating stations, the ISO 14001:2015 certification for environmental compatibility, and work is underway to complete certification for other generating plants.
The company also invests large amounts of money to control emissions by using the Dry Low NOx (DLN) combustion system that reduces NOx emissions by up to 60%; electrostatic precipitators in units operated by heavy fuel to reduce the emission of suspended particles by up to 99%.
The company also invests in modern technology to remove sulphur oxides from exhaust gases by using Seawater Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) to reduce air pollution from sulphuric oxide emissions by up to 90% and chemical cleaning of water wastes from boilers, separating fuel residues from water reservoir before sending it to evaporation ponds, and controlling the temperature of cooling water drained to the sea within the permissible limits and replacing old low-efficiency generating units with more efficient units, where 243 units were retired during the period from 2015 to 2018, and more than 283 continuous flue emission control devices were installed and operated.
The company monitors the level of compatibility with the prevailing environmental standards for all its facilities through periodic environmental audit to check its compliance with environmental requirements.
To enhance the reliance on clean electric power, the company has increased its production from high-efficiency combined-cycle, which is based on the use of exhaust heat from gas turbine generating units as a thermal source for boilers instead of burning more fuel.
The company is currently implementing projects to raise the combined-cycle generating capacity, just like in power generation projects of the Qassim, Duba, Hail, Power Plants 13and 14, and Waad Al-Shamal plants.
SEC has signed an agreement with one of the local cement factories to reduce the risk of carbon ash and eliminate the construction of carbon ash landfill cells at a rate of six cells per year, thus neutralizing the environmental and technical risks of carbon ash to a product that benefits and give returns to the company.
Saudi Electricity also won the award for creativity and excellence for achieving the largest financial savings during 2017 worth SR 46,516,880.
The company started moving towards the production of electricity from renewable energy sources, such as solar energy at the Farasan Island plant and at Al-Aflaj plant project, and the thermal power plants projects integrated with solar energy, such as at Waad Al-Shamal and Green Duba plants, which include 100 MW of solar power.
Preserving Natural Resources
To reduce natural resources consumption, the company has taken several measures to improve energy efficiency.
The company also completed the electrical interconnection project between the regions of the Kingdom and the Arab Gulf states, which contributed to the import and export of electric power and reduced the revolving reserves in the network. The application of thermal insulation imposed by the company in the new buildings has also contributed to reducing the loss in energy consumption, as well as the application of electric power rationing projects in all administrative locations of the company through the use of technical programs and modern technical solutions to control the operation of the services in the company’s buildings, such as the use of timers and replacement of traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs.
- 13 generating stations covered by the ISO 14001:2015 certification for environmental compatibility.
Sustainable Development Goals: N/A
How company covers SDGs
- The results of the environmental compatibility audit report showed a continuous increase in the rate of environmental compatibility that comply with the demands of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection from 58.6% in 2017 to 70% in 2018. The company is eager to continue its efforts to maintain what has been achieved and raise the continuous compatibility ratio to 100% for all environmental requirements.
- The company’s production from the combined-cycle increased from 8.3% in 2010 to 30.8% in 2018, while the use of the simple-cycle decreased from 50% in 2010 to 19% in 2018. The total amount of clean energy produced from the combined-cycle was 3,790,358 MWH, representing about 1.98% of the total energy produced in 2018 which reached 191,016,000 MWH.
- The Saudi Electricity Company was able to convert diesel-powered generating units to work on crude oil fuel and this coincided with the focus on the operation of units that run on crude oil as well as other diesel fuel, while ensuring that the reliability of the electrical system is continuously enhanced and resulted in diesel fuel savings, where a reduction in consumption in 2018 reached about 14.6 million barrels.
- Fuel consumption falling from 2.1 barrels of oil/megawatt per hour in 2009 to 1.5 barrels of oil/megawatt per hour in 2017. The company plans to increase energy efficiency to 44.8% in 2030, which will in turn contribute to reducing consumption, including replacing low-efficiency generation units with a new generation of high-efficiency units, where 243 units were put out of commission from 2015 to 2018.
Saudi Electricity company is responsible for generating and distributing electricity to the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. To increase their sustainable efforts they have signed 30 agreements with charities to support some sustainable programs. However, they do not follow or contribute to achieving any of the U.N. sustainable development goals. They have one sustainable recognized label which is the ISO 14001 which means they adopt standards to minimize the negative effects of their day to day operations on the environment. However, the company is owned by Saudi Aramco which is the main oil company in Saudi Arabia; the oil and gas industry causes great harm to the environment and through water pollution. Saudi Electricity does not mention any SDGs targeted, did not receive any awards and is not part of a listing. It gets the rating D.