Swiss firm ABB picked to power Saudi water plant

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share
(Image for illustrative purposes)

(Image for illustrative purposes)

Swiss power group ABB said it has won an order to design and deliver 420 kilovolt (kV) high voltage gas insulated switchgear (GIS) for a new desalination facility in Saudi Arabia.

The company will also support the grid integration of a new 2.5 gigawatts (GW) power generation plant being developed by the Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), the kingdom's government agency responsible for desalinating sea water.

The order comes shortly after ABB announced a $40m investment for the construction of a new manufacturing plant for high-voltage GIS and the establishment of a transformer service workshop in Saudi Arabia.

The order was received from the Al Fanar Group, a leading engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company, ABB said in a statement without giving a value for the order.

The desalination plant, which is scheduled to be commissioned in June 2014, is located in Yanbu Industrial City, a major port on the Red Sea in the Al Madinah province of western Saudi Arabia.

The plant will have a capacity to produce 550,000 cubic meters of desalinated water per day.

Saudi Arabia is the world's largest producer of desalinated water and SWCC operates 27 desalination stations producing more than three million cubic meters a day of potable water.

"These new plants where ABB's highly reliable GIS equipment is being installed, will help address the country's increasing need for potable water and also support the growing demand for electricity," said Giandomenico Rivetti, head of ABB's High Voltage products business.

High-voltage GIS facilitates switching operations and helps protect electrical grids and associated equipment. This requires the capability to handle large amounts of electrical energy at high current and voltage levels, while ensuring grid safety and reliability.

Related:
Companies
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team

Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team

King is clearly laying the ground for a generational shift in...

Insider: Oil and gas sector in fear of hackers as cyber attacks surge 179%

Insider: Oil and gas sector in fear of hackers as cyber attacks surge 179%

Experts have put the vital industry on high alert as the threat...

Saudi Arabia adds to oil power with new refineries

Saudi Arabia adds to oil power with new refineries

Two state-of-the-art plants set to redefine Gulf kingdom's role...

Most Discussed
  • 17
    Nakheel PR: The toughest job in Dubai?

    You forgot to mention the sewage pit between JLT and Jumeirah Park and the terrible landscaping in Jumeirah Park The chain link fencing they want to install... more

    Monday, 30 March 2015 9:05 AM - An Emaar Fan
  • 12
    Dubai Int'l T1 is too congested, says Indian airline boss

    Yes, T1 is overflowing, but Air India need to maintain its timing which is a big question mark most of the time. Plus quality of service, please have some... more

    Monday, 30 March 2015 4:13 PM - Shareen
  • 9
    Post traumatic stress?

    I once had a Emirates Post employee hang up on me when I asked her to repeat something. That said, the worst is my management company, Kingfield Management... more

    Sunday, 29 March 2015 6:07 PM - Sarah