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Saudi govt buys electricity subsidiary


RIYADH: The Saudi Electricity Company is transferring its ownership of its subsidiary, Saudi Power Procurement Company, to the government, Arab News quoted the company, as saying on a bourse filing.

SPPC is responsible for tendering renewable and conventional energy projects to meet the growth in the kingdom’s power demand. It also manages commercial agreements for the procurement and sale of power, and procuring and providing fuel.

The move is part of the electricity sector’s restructuring programme, SEC said; following other regulatory reforms announced last year.

It is expected to improve the efficiency and quality of the electric service “to benefit both consumers and producers alike”, the SEC said.

The SEC does not expect that SPPC ownership transfer to the government will have a material impact on its financial performance or its shareholder equity.

The company will announce later the contractual frameworks, agreements and material impacts that may occur; following the transfer of SPPC ownership to the government.

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