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GE signs Saudi deal

General Electric (GE) has signed a contract valued at around US$700mn to supply equipment and services for a new gas-fired, power plant in Saudi Arabia.

The power plant, Riyadh PP11, will constitute 15 per cent of the electricity generation capacity in Saudi Arabia?s central region, GE said in a statement.

The plant is one of six being built by the state-backed Saudi Electricity Co (SEC), which secured a US$1.47 billion loan to help finance its construction back in June.

?The Riyadh PP11 project reflects our strategy to engage the private sector in the development of new power plants," said Ali Saleh al- Barrak, president and CEO of SEC. ?This key project will help us meet the need for additional power throughout the kingdom.?

Saudi Arabia is seeking private sector investment to help meet growing demand for power and water.