ABB Wins $250 M Power Orders in Saudi Arabia to Expand Grid Capacity

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won orders worth more than $250 million from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia’s national power transmission and distribution operator, to construct new substations and reinforce existing ones, to help address the growing demand for electricity. The orders were booked in the fourth quarter of 2011.

One of the new gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations will be located south-west of Al-Hassa in the eastern region. It will facilitate the transmission of an additional 2,000 megawatt (MW) of electricity from a new gas-fired power plant being built by an independent power producer adjacent to SEC’s existing Qurayyah power station. Six other new distribution substations and the three to be upgraded will be located in the capital Riyadh and other cities in the central region.

“The substations will enhance transmission and distribution capacity to help meet the growing need for electricity,” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “They will also help enhance reliability and improve the efficiency of the regional grid.”

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Source: ABB
Date: Feb 1, 2012