Saudi Arabia Power Report

Published 18 March 2015

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Saudi Arabia Power Report

BMI View: Lower oil prices will have limited impact on Saudi Arabia's short-term power sector investment plans thanks to looser fiscal policy and increased government spending - ensuring that the growth rates in the sector remain robust. Over the longer term, however, we believe costly nuclear and solar projects will remain susceptible to delays as a result of increased budgetary scrutiny in a sustained lower oil price environment.

We emphasise that, in relative terms, Saudi Arabia's power market will certainly remain an attractive destination for power sector investors as the kingdom attempts to keep pace with surging electricity demand, diversify its energy mix and boost energy efficiency. Investment in the power sector is a necessity - underpinned by attempts to ensure Saudi Arabia's growing population does not cannibalise the country's economic base. Saudi Arabia must reduce the amount of oil that is burned in domestic power generation in order to preserve it for lucrative export and maintain its status as a global swing producer.

A strong project pipeline will ensure Saudi Arabia continues to appeal to investors in the power sector over our forecast period and underpins our forecasts for annual average growth in electricity generation of 4% between 2015 and 2024. We currently forecast that oil will slowly lose its primacy in the kingdom's power generation mix, as energy efficiency efforts and plans to use more gas gradually gain traction. The kingdom will ultimately have to cut gas subsidies and raise gas prices if it is to exploit its non-associated gas reserves fully.

Our optimistic long-term outlook for Saudi Arabia's power sector has, however, been tempered slightly following the government's decision to push back its hugely ambitious solar and nuclear capacity expansion plans. The January 2015 announcement that the original 2032 deadline for realising these targets will be delayed until 2040 indicates that, although the short-term impact of lower oil...

Table of Contents

BMI Industry View
Industry Forecast
Saudi Arabia Snapshot
Table: Country Snapshot: Economic and Demographic Data (Saudi Arabia 2013-2018)
Table: Country Snapshot: Economic and Demographic Data (Saudi Arabia 2019-2024)
Table: Country Snapshot: Power Sector
Saudi Arabia Power Forecast Scenario
Electricity Generation And Power Generating Capacity
Table: Total Electricity Generation Data And Forecasts (Saudi Arabia 2013-2018)
Table: Total Electricity Generation Data And Forecasts (Saudi Arabia 2019-2024)
Table: Electricity Generating Capacity Data And Forecasts (Saudi Arabia 2013-2018)
Table: Electricity Generating Capacity Data And Forecasts (Saudi Arabia 2019-2024)
Table: Saudi Arabia - Original 2032 Power Sector Targets (Now Pushed Back To 2040)
Electricity Consumption
Table: Total Electricity Consumption Data And Forecasts (Saudi Arabia 2013-2018)
Table: Total Electricity Consumption Data And Forecasts (Saudi Arabia 2019-2024)
Transmission & Distribution
Table: Electric Power T&D Losses Data And Forecasts (Saudi Arabia 2013-2018)
Table: Electric Power T&D Losses Data And Forecasts (Saudi Arabia 2019-2024)
Industry Risk/Reward Index
MENA Power Risk/Reward Index
Table: MENA - Power Risk/Reward Index (Scores Out Of 100)
Saudi Arabia Power Risk/Reward Index
Market Overview
Key Policies And Market Structure
Regulation And Competition
Table: IPP - Investment Opportunities
Sustainable Energy Policies
Saudi Arabia Power Projects Database
Table: Major Projects - Power
Competitive Landscape
Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)
Regional Overview
MEA Power Regional Overview
Table: Glossary Of Terms
Industry Forecast Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Table: Power Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Saudi Arabia Power Report features BMI Research's market assessment and independent forecasts covering electricity generation (coal, gas, oil, nuclear, hydro and non-hydro renewables), electricity consumption, trade, transmission and distribution losses and electricity generating capacity.

The Saudi Arabia Power Report also analyses the impact of regulatory changes, recent developments and the background macroeconomic outlook and features competitive landscapes comparing national and multinational operators by sales, market share, investments, projects, partners and expansion strategies.

Key Benefits

  • Use BMI's independent industry forecasts for Saudi Arabia to test other views - a key input for successful budgeting and strategic planning in the power market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks Saudi Arabia's power sector through our reviews of latest power industry trends, regulatory changes, and major deals, projects and investments in Saudi Arabia.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Competitive Landscape analysis.


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis, covering power markets, regulatory changes, major investments, projects and company developments.

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats within the power sector and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI’s Power Forecast Scenario

Forecasts to end-2024 for all key indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key downside risks to the main forecasts:

  • Generation: Electricity generation total, thermal, coal, natural gas, oil, nuclear, hydropower, hydro-electric pumped storage and non-hydropower renewables.
  • Transmission and Distribution Losses: Electric power transmission and distribution losses.
  • Trade: Total imports and exports.
  • Electricity Consumption: Net consumption.
  • Electricity Capacity: Capacity net, conventional thermal, nuclear, hydropower and non-hydroelectric renewables.

BMI’s Power Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Indices provide investors (power companies, service companies and equity investors) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and demographic data points to provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors,

Market Overview

Structure, size and value of the industry sector; overview of the industry landscape and key players; an assessment of the business operating environment, sustainable energy policies, pricing and the latest regulatory developments.

Key Projects Database

Details and analysis of all current and planned developments (new ventures, capacity expansion and other investments) across the sector broken down by location, sector type, capacity, value, companies and operational status.

Competitive Landscape

Illustration of the power industry that exploits our data-rich, in-depth analysis of the leading players in the sector and examination of operational results, strategic goals, market position and the potential for investment.

Power Outlook long-Term Forecasts

Regional long-term power forecasts covering electricity generation, consumption and capacity for thermal, hydroelectric and nuclear power. These are supported by a country specific  overview, alongside an analysis of key downside risks to the main forecasts.

Regional Overview

Providing BMI’s near-term economic outlook for the region as a whole, as well as taking a close look at countries of particular interest and the latest trends and developments.


The Power Market Reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports, including Energy Information Administration (EIA), World Bank (WB) and United Nations (UN).

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