ABB wins $250 mil­lion power or­ders in Saudi Ara­bia

Power Watch India - - DISPATCHES -

Elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing com­pany, ABB Limited has won or­ders worth more than $250 mil­lion from the Saudi Electricity Com­pany to con­struct new sub­sta­tions and re­in­force ex­ist­ing ones in the coun­try to ad­dress its 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 of Saudi Ara­bia. It will fa­cil­i­tate the trans­mis­sion of an ad­di­tional 2,000 MW of electricity from a new gas-fired power plant be­ing built next to Saudi Electricity Com­pany’s ex­ist­ing Qu­rayyah power sta­tion. As per the or­der, 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, ABB’S Power Sys­tems di­vi­sion.

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