Saudi electricity generator SEC on 10 September announced it has fired up the first gas turbine and generator unit at its 1.65GW PP14 power plant at Dhurma 73km northwest of Riyadh. SEC awarded China’s Sepco-3 the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the plant in 2015. When fully operational, the plant will incorporate six GE gas turbines, two steam turbines and eight generators.

The start-up of the first PP14 unit comes after SEC reported that Saudi peak electricity...