Swiss power firm wins $110m Saudi contract

ABB is hired by Saudi's state utility to boost power capacity in western region of kingdom
Swiss power firm wins $110m Saudi contract
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By Andy Sambidge
Fri 21 Mar 2014 10:37 AM

Swiss power group ABB has won an order worth around $110 million from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia’s state utility, to construct substations that will help boost transmission capacity in the country’s western region.

The new substations will link the Taif East Governorate, a part of the Mecca region, to the national 380 kilovolt transmission grid.

The 110 kV power supply enabled by the substations will serve the settlements of Turbah, Al-Khurmah and Rania, mitigating the use of diesel-generated power in isolated areas.

“We are privileged to continue supporting the development of Saudi Arabia’s power infrastructure,” said Claudio Facchin, head of ABB’s Power Systems division.

“These substations will strengthen the grid and enhance transmission capacity, bringing much-needed electricity to the region to meet growing domestic and industrial demand.”

The turnkey order includes design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 380/110 kV bulk supply point substation and the expansion of the existing remote-end substations in Bisha and Sised to support the 380 kV grid interconnection.

ABB said its gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and hybrid technologies will ensure reliability and efficiency while minimising environmental footprint.

The contract is the latest in the Gulf region for the ABB Group of companies, which operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.

Last month, ABB announced that it had won orders worth about $160 million from the Ministry of Electricity and Water to build substations in the Gulf state.

The company said the work will help strengthen the country's power grid and support its growing infrastructure. The orders were booked in the fourth quarter of 2013.

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