ABB opens new substation in Kuwait
Kuwait City, February 26, 2011
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, recently inaugurated the first of three substations under its contract to design, supply, install, test and commission in Kuwait.
The three substations in Sulaibiya, Fintas, and Jabriya, which will increase the country’s transmission voltage from 300 kV to 400 kV, are linked to the GCC’s interconnection grid substation in Kuwait, and will transmit an additional 1500 megawatts of power from the Subiya power station presently under construction.
The higher voltage will help strengthen the grid's reliability and increase its capacity to meet rising demand for electricity, a statement said.
In March 2009 ABB was awarded a contract worth approximately $450 million by the Ministry of Electricity and Water for the three substations.
The substation in Sulaibiya had a contractual completion time of 20 months. The other two substations are set to be energized within two and four months respectively. All of the substations will be operational prior to Kuwait’s peak season for electricity usage in summer, according to the statement.
“Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water had the foresight to commission these substations to meet the country’s increasing need for power,” said Richard Ledgard, ABB Kuwait country manager.
“The time within which we were asked these substations was very tight, but we’ve managed to deliver on time for Sulaibiya and we are on schedule to hand over Fintas and Jabriya substations as per our schedule with the Ministry.”
Key components include gas-insulated switchgear, low-voltage auxiliary systems and network protection, control equipment, and the largest power transformers currently energized in the Gulf. Each substation will house four 703-tonne transformers which operate at 750MVA with voltage levels of 400/300/33kV.
“The fact that we’ve been able to complete the first substation in Sulaibiya on time is testament to ABB’s relationship with Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water,” added Ledgard. “Their engineers and management have always been on hand to support our staff whenever required.”
Substations are key installations in the power grid that facilitate the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity, the statement said. – TradeArabia News Service
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