ABB wins $250 million power orders in Saudi Arabia
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.