KAEC Project power station

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KAEC Project power station was a proposed 390-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in Makkah Region, Saudi Arabia.[1] It was also known as the King Abdullah Economic City power station.

As of February 2020, the project has not progressed in more than four years and appears to be cancelled.


The map below shows the approximate location of the proposed power station in King Abdullah Economic City, Makkah Region, Saudi Arabia.

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In 2007, Emaar The Economic City signed a deal with Arabian Bemco to install an open-cycle gas turbine power plant at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). They agreed to set up six turbine plants with a total capacity of 390mw to meet the power requirements of the first phase of KAEC. They planned for two turbines to be installed and commissioned by November 2008, with the rest to follow by June 2010.[1]

The power station was intended to supply power to the first phase of King Abdullah Economic City.[2] The founders of KAEC originally planned to have a population of 2 million inhabitants, but by September 2019, "only about 40 percent of the project – including residential, industrial and port facilities – has been developed, with a total population of about 10,000 residents."[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Emaar, The Economic City
  • Parent company: Emaar, The Economic City
  • Location: King Abdullah Economic City, Makkah Region, Saudi Arabia
  • Coordinates: 22.4487, 39.1336 (approximate)
  • Gross capacity (proposed): 390 MW
    • Gas turbine units 1-6: 65 MW per unit

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lynne Roberts, Arabian Bemco wins KAEC turbine deal, Arabian Business, Aug 8, 2007
  2. Arabian Bemco to build power plants in KAEC, Gulf Industry, Sep 2007
  3. Inside Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Economic City, Arabian Business, Sep 14, 2019