This year, the “Saudi Electricity” paid special attention to the blessed month of Ramadan and the Umrah season, especially after life returned to normal thanks to the Kingdom’s success in addressing the Corona pandemic, and allowing the return of Umrah after a break of about two years, through a set of procedures and executive and technical plans for managing emergency teams and preparations. It has taken over the past months, in order to enhance the reliability of the electrical service, and to provide the best services to visitors and pilgrims in the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, for the sake of their comfort and the convenience of all those related to their service, including citizens, residents, government departments and service bodies.
Among the most prominent of these measures in Makkah Al-Mukarramah and Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah: preparing an operational plan for the Umrah season, connecting electrical service to major projects that serve the guests of the Holy House of God, pilgrims and visitors to the Noble Prophet’s Mosque, and enhancing the reliability of the electrical system in Makkah and Madinah by operating a number of projects to strengthen transportation networks And distribution at costs that exceeded 669 million riyals, and maintaining the efficiency of the performance of the electrical network elements in Makkah Al-Mukarramah through the work of a number of periodic maintenance programs, in addition to a periodic program to check the backup generators for major subscribers in coordination with specialists in the civil defense to ensure their readiness, while ensuring the speedy restoration of The electrical service in the event of its interruption for emergency reasons by equipping the launch centers and supporting them with the necessary manpower and equipment, and using the automatic control system for distribution networks in the central region, all in coordination with the Presidency of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque (the two Holy Mosques operations) through the company’s load distribution centers.
The Saudi Electricity has allocated a number of new projects to enhance the electrical system in Makkah Al-Mukarramah, the most important of which are: Operating ultra-high voltage projects (380 kV) with a total cost of 594.6 million riyals, including the construction of the Hunayn Central Station project, with a voltage of 380/110/13.8 kV. . F, with a capacity of 2209 m. F. a. At a total cost of 494.7 million riyals, it has been partially operated and is expected to be completed on 30/12/2022. The project to construct a dual-circuit antenna line with a length of 91.19 km, at a cost of 99.9 million riyals, has been partially operated and is expected to be completed in 30/11/2022.
And also the operation of high voltage projects (110 kV) with a total cost of 51 million riyals, with a total length of 20 km. The Hanin cables include: Haneen / Al-Aseelah with a length of 11.69 km, which was commissioned on 1/3/2022, and Al-Aseelah / Wadi Jalil cables With a length of 3 km, commissioned on 03/17/2022, Hanin / Al Shara’i-2 with a length of 4.5 km, commissioned on 04/21/2022, Hanin / MPS expected to be operational on 05/30/2022, and Hanin / HVM expected to be operational on 30 /05/2022.
The distribution network projects included reducing the loads of medium voltage networks in Makkah Al-Mukarramah by extending new networks and replacing the old networks, and reducing the loads of medium voltage networks in Makkah Al-Mukarramah by extending new medium voltage feeders with a total length of 120 km at an estimated cost of 40 million riyals, in addition to replacing and installing 31 distribution stations. And strengthening the low-voltage network at an estimated cost of four million riyals.
The maintenance teams in Saudi Electricity also implemented maintenance programs for the electrical network elements to ensure the safety and continuity of the electrical service, as maintenance was carried out for 8164 meters, 146 distribution booths and 4501 stations.
As for the operational plan for the holy month of Ramadan and the Umrah season, it was implemented by providing 800 employees, including engineers and technicians, 70 motorcycles, 33 mobile generators, and equipping mobile centers for emergency cases, all working as one team whose tasks are focused on following up the performance of the electrical network around the clock, and receiving Reports and emergency malfunctions and their follow-up, distributing reports to individuals at launch centers, and participating with government and service agencies to facilitate the work of restoring electrical service, in addition to developing alternative plans to transfer and lighten loads; To ensure the continuity of electrical supply with high reliability and safety for the convenience of visitors to the Sacred House of God and pilgrims.
The Saudi Electricity Company has monitored a number of new projects to enhance the electrical system in Madinah, and the company has implemented a number of projects to strengthen the distribution networks in Madinah to ensure the highest levels of safe operation, as follows: A total of 47 km at a cost of 21 million riyals, in addition to easing the loads of low-voltage networks by extending new low-voltage feeders with a total length of 10 km and at a cost of 2.5 million riyals, replacing and installing 157 distribution stations, in addition to the project to complete the central region in Medina with 158 station.
Before the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan and the Umrah season, Saudi Electricity worked – as its annual habit – to implement comprehensive, preventive and periodic maintenance programs for power plants and transmission and distribution networks in Medina; To ensure the safety and continuity of the electrical system, technical teams conducted maintenance work for 225 stations, 535 distribution booths, and 3,848 meters.
The “Saudi Electricity” has allocated multiple teams to operate and maintain the electrical network working around the clock in a shift system, their personnel are stationed in the starting centers within the borders of the central region, and they have been supported with devices and equipment to follow up the performance of the electrical network around the clock, receive and follow-up reports and emergency malfunctions, and participate with government agencies And service to facilitate the work of restoring electrical service, and to ensure the comfort of visitors to the Prophet’s Mosque in particular and Medina in general.