Switzerland-based ABB group has won orders worth around $150 million from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to expand five existing substations.
SEC, Saudi Arabia’s national power transmission and distribution operator, is increasing the capacity of the substations, with three located in the central region and one each in the eastern and western regions. Saudi Arabia is boosting its power generation capacity from less than 60 gigawatts (GW) to about 91 GW by 2020, and to more than double existing capacity over the longer term. ABB is supporting these efforts through several projects across the country, including an additional $60 million order booked in the second quarter from SEC for 65 power transformers.
The extension orders include design, supply, installation and commissioning of new switchgear bays at five existing transmission substations as well as modification of associated automation, control, protection and auxiliary power supply systems and connected transmission substations.
ABB’s gas-insulated switchgear has been in successful operation for more than three decades in one of these substations.
|Type||Upgarding Power Grid|
|Estimated Cost||$150 million|