Under the contract, GE will supply eight gas turbines and will be responsible for technical direction for the installation of the units, spare parts, commissioning support and training.

The combined-cycle project will add about 2,000MW to support SEC meet its future electricity demands when it enters commercial operation in 2015.

The PP12 is located adjacent to Riyadh PP11, which also features GE technology that will add over 1,700MW of power to the SEC grid.

The PP12 project is part of Saudi Arabia’s plans to add 33GW of power generation capacity by the end of this decade, the company said.

SEC president and CEO Ali Saleh Al Barrak noted that GE has supported almost 40 projects of the firm over the last forty years.

"For this important initiative, which will enable us to provide the additional electricity that will be needed to support Saudi Arabia’s ongoing economic growth, we have selected GE’s proven F-class technology," Al Barrak said.

"We are confident that GE’s technology will provide the high performance levels needed to make PP12 a successful project."

GE Energy Middle East president & CEO Joseph Anis said, "PP12 marks another technology milestone for GE in Saudi Arabia, as it will feature the first application of our 7F 5-series gas turbines in the region and is part of our FlexEfficiency portfolio of products."