By Neeraj Gangal
The partnership is among six planned IPP power plant projects in the Kingdom.
Saudi Electricity said it has agreed to form a $2.1bn joint-venture that includes GDF Suez and Japan's Sojitz Corp to produce much needed electricity for the Kingdom.
The state-controlled power utility holds a 50 percent stake in the Darmaa Power Co which will operate Riyadh 11 independent power plant, while GDF Suez, Sojitz and local Jomaih Holding Group together hold the remaining half, Saudi Electricity said.
"Saudi Electricity will buy all of the plant's output over a 20-year period ... It will start operations in 2012," Saudi Electricity said in a statement. It did not provide a detailed breakdown of the other partners' stakes in the joint-venture.
The plant will have a 1,730 megawatts capacity, it added.
Partners in the project will resort to local and international banks to help raise financing for the project, it added.
The partnership is among six planned IPP power plant projects in the kingdom aimed at adding 11,000 megawatts of capacity.
Power demand in the world's largest oil exporter is rising at an annual 8 percent and is expected to triple to 121,000 megawatts from 40,000 MW currently, government officials say. (Reuters)