ABB wins $110m Saudi substation contract
Zurich (Switzerland), March 19, 2014
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $110 million from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) for construction of new substations across the country.
The turnkey order includes design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 380/110 kV bulk supply point substation and the expansion of the existing remote-end substations in Bisha and Sised to support the 380 kV grid interconnection in the kingdom, said the company in a statement.
ABB’s gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and hybrid technologies will ensure reliability and efficiency while minimizing environmental footprint, it stated.
The other key product supplies include control and protection equipment, auxiliary systems and substation automation equipment compliant with the international IEC61850 standard to enable monitoring and control of the substations from a remote control center, it added.
The substations will link the Taif East Governorate, a part of the Makkah region, to the national 380 kilovolt (kV) transmission grid. The 110 kV power supply enabled by the substations will serve the settlements of Turbah, Al-Khurmah and Rania, mitigating the use of diesel-generated power in isolated areas.
These substations are aimed at helping SEC boost its transmission capacity in the country’s western region.
On the win, Claudio Facchin, the head of ABB’s Power Systems division said: “We are privileged to continue supporting the development of Saudi’s power infrastructure.”
“These substations will strengthen the grid and enhance transmission capacity, bringing much-needed electricity to the region to meet growing domestic and industrial demand,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service