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Wed 6 Jan 2010 03:18 PM

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ABB wins Saudi metals production plant deal

Swiss firm to provide electrical and automation services at Jubail site.

Swiss power and automation giant ABB has underlined its significant presence in the Saudi market by taking home a contract to provide electrical and automation equipment, plus related services, for a seamless-tube mill and pipe production plant in Jubail.

The value of the deal has not been disclosed.  

The plant is a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Saudi Arabia’s Bin Jarallah Group.

The firm will deliver electrical infrastructure and equipment, including a 115 kilovolt gas-insulated switchgear substation, medium- and low-voltage switchgear, motors and variable-speed drives.

ABB will also provide an automation system based on the firm’s Extended Automation System 800xA for order management, production scheduling, storage management, production and quality reporting, and material tracking.

“Our expertise in the metals industry and strong local presence in the region were key factors in winning this important order,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division.

“Our reliable and energy-efficient technologies, along with our experience in project execution, will help the new plant to operate effectively from the start.”

The win is just the latest in a series of contracts the Swiss company has recently been awarded in the lucrative Saudi power market.

In November, ABB won a $38m order from Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to improve efficiency at 22 power distribution substations.

The firm also won a $120m contract from SEC to provide power for the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, just outside Riyadh, in the same month.

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