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ABB wins $40m deal to power Saudi university complex

Company will build substation to provide power supplies to Najran University expansion plan

ABB wins $40m deal to power Saudi university complex
ABB, the global power and technology group, has won an order from Saudi Arabias Najran University, worth $40 million. (Getty Images)

ABB, the global power and technology group, has won a second order from Saudi Arabia's Najran University, worth $40 million, it said on Tuesday.

It will build a substation to ensure reliable power supplies for the university's new complex, ABB said in a statement.

The university is located in Najran, a city in the south of Saudi Arabia, and will have two campuses with a total of 45,000 students.

It is the country's largest university covering an area of 18 million sq m. The university will also house a medical city, a research centre, sports and entertainment arenas and housing accommodation for faculty, staff and students.

ABB will be responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 380 kV (kilovolt) substation capable of distributing power at 132 kV and 13.8 kV.

Key products to be supplied include the gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers, medium-voltage switchgear and cables.

"This substation will provide the power required for Najran University's long-term development," said Peter Leupp, head of ABB's Power Systems division.

The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 124,000 people.

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