SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - General Electric Co. officials weren't commenting Wednesday after a news report said GE would supply more than a half-billion dollars' worth of electricity-generating equipment to the Saudi Electricity Co.

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. General Electric Co. officials weren't commenting Wednesday after a news report said GE would supply more than a half-billion dollars' worth of electricity-generating equipment to the Saudi Electricity Co.

Reuters, citing unnamed sources, reported that the dozen gas and four steam turbines would be supplied by General Electric Co.

If so, this would be at least the second major order in two months for GE, which makes its steam turbines and generators in Schenectady.

In September, General Electric announced a $2.7 billion order with Algeria's national gas and electric company that included 26 gas turbines, 12 steam turbines and 38 generators.

Saudi Electricity said its equipment would be built and tested in the next 40 months.

In April, the company in April awarded a $125 million engineering, procurement and construction management contract to WorleyParsons, as Saudi Arabia embarks on a power generation and transmission program over the next decade that will add 40 gigawatts of new capacity.

Saudi Arabia plans to spend as much as $80 billion on the expansion, according to WorleyParsons, which is seeking to fill a number of engineering and other positions as it prepares to build two 1,650-megawatt power stations, one in Riyadh to be online in 2016, and the second at a location not yet announced, to be online in 2017.