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Swiss power firm wins $144m Saudi orders

ABB set to build new substations, upgrade existing plants to help meet growing power demand

Swiss power firm wins $144m Saudi orders
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ABB, the Swiss-based power technology group, said on Tuesday it had won orders worth $144m from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), the kingdom's national power transmission and distribution operator.

The orders will see ABB construct new substations and upgrade existing ones to help address the growing demand for electricity in the region.

The orders were booked in the second quarter of the year, ABB said in a statement.

In addition to upgrading substations in Riyadh and Hail, ABB will be responsible for the engineering, design, supply, installation and commissioning of a new 380/230 kilovolt (kV) substation in Wasit to facilitate power supplies in the Eastern region.

It will also build the Roikbah 132 kV substation (east Najran) to help ensure that the Medical City in Jizan receives uninterrupted power supplies and a second 132kV substation in Buriadah, the capital city of the Al-Qassim province.

ABB will also undertake the expansion of the Jizan Central and South Khamis Imshate substations.

"These substations will further strengthen the country's transmission and distribution grid to address growing electricity demand and serve the needs of key infrastructure establishments like medical centers and educational institutions," said Peter Leupp, head of ABB's Power Systems division.

On Monday, ABB announced orders totalling more than $45m for projects in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

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