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ABB seals $120m deal to power Saudi uni for women

Substations agreement for Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

ABB, the power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $120 million from the Saudi Electricity Company to provide power to Saudi Arabia’s first university for women.

The Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University is a $5 billion project that aims to enroll as many as 40,000 students.

The campus will have several energy-saving and environmentally friendly features, such as 40,000 sq m of solar panelling that is expected to provide about 18 percent of the power required for air-conditioning, the company said in a statement.

The deal will see ABB provide three gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations at the Riyadh university site.

“The substations will ensure that this prestigious educational establishment has access to a reliable, efficient and high-quality supply of electricity,” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division.

ABB will design, supply, install and commission one 380/132 kilovolt (kV) substation and two 132/13.8 kV substations and the project is scheduled for completion by 2011.

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