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Alstom wins $59m Saudi power contract

RIYADH, November 18, 2014

Alstom Grid has been awarded a €47-million ($59 million) turnkey contract by Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to supply flexible alternating current transmission systems (Facts) in Saudi Arabia.

As per the deal, Alstom will supply a Static VAr Compensator (SVC) to the Jeddah substation, situated on the coast of the Red Sea in Western Saudi Arabia, and two capacitor banks to the Wadi Jaleel substation in Makkah region of the kingdom.

The SVC (-150 / + 300 MVAr at 110 kV) will substantially improve and increase power transmission stability and quality across Saudi Arabia’s power transmission network. The project is expected to be completed by 2016, said statement from Alstom.

The Static VAr Compensator system, which will utilise the new Alstom patented SVC configuration (with blocking reactor) to improve technical performance, will provide fast voltage support at substations, stabilising power supply and strengthening the transmission grid; power will be fed to major areas across Jeddah and Makkah.

Additionally, Alstom will supply two 100 MVAr capacitor banks to the Wadi Jaleel substation in Mecca, and extend an existing gas-insulated substation at Jeddah North 380 kV BSP (Bulk Supply plant).

The equipment for the project will be manufactured at Alstom units in Tampere (Finland) and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), said the statement.

Patrick Plas, the senior vice president (Grid Power Electronics and Automation) at Alstom Grid said Saudi Arabia was one of the most significant and demanding market areas for power compensation systems.

"This contract strengthens our position as one of the world leading suppliers for Facts technology and is a proof of the competitiveness gained with our innovative technology," he noted

Jean Marc Coupet, the unit managing director in Saudi Arabia, said the SEC contract strengthens its position as one of the world leading suppliers for Facts technology.

"SEC continues to launch new projects that modernise and sustain power supply and distribution in the kingdom. Alstom is proud to be part of these big projects," he added.-TradeArabia News Service

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