By Andy Sambidge
Power tech group ABB will deliver total of 12 transformers to boost country's capacity.
Power technology company ABB will deliver 12 703-tonne transformers to Kuwait as part of a $400m contract.
The transformers, manufactured in ABB’s factory in Germany, will be installed at three 400 kilovolt (kV) substations built by ABB in Sulaibiyah, Fintas and Jabriya as part of a contract awarded by the country’s Ministry of Energy and Water March last year.
Four out of 12 transformers are intended for the Sulaibiyah substation, four will be installed at the Jabriya substation and the remaining four will be used at the Fintas substation.
Five of the transformers have already been delivered and installed with the remaining seven will be delivered and installed at the end of the year.
“The size of these transformers means that they’re the largest in the Middle East,” said Mohammed Masri, sub regions division manager, Power Products, Middle East and Africa, ABB.
Once completed, the three substations at Sulaibiyah, Fintas and Jabriya will be the back bone for the new 400kV voltage network which will transmit an additional 1500 megawatts of power from the Subiya Power Station presently under construction.
ABB will design, supply, install, test and commission the substations, which will increase transmission voltage from 300kV to 400kV.
The higher voltage will help strengthen the grid's reliability and increase its capacity to meet rising demand for electricity and connect the Kuwaiti electricity network to the Gulf Interconnection Grid.
The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.