GE will supply power generation equipment and long-term services for a new gas-fired, independent power plant in Saudi Arabia, under agreements worth SR2.5bn ($700m).

Riyadh PP11 will add about 1,730MW of power to Saudi Electricity Company’s grid, which expects to witness an increase in demand for electricity at the rate of 8% a year.

GE will supply seven Frame 7FA gas turbines and two D11 steam turbines to the project.

In addition, GE also has signed a contractual services agreement (CSA) to supply spare parts and maintenance services for the gas turbines over the next 20 years.

The plant will feature GE’s F technology, gas turbines and advanced emissions control with dry low NOx technology.

It will constitute 15% of the power generation capacity in Saudi Arabia’s central region.

Saudi Arabia, with a current installed capacity of 44,000MW, is expected to need about 70,000MW of power by 2020.