New Saudi manufacturing plant for ABB
Power group set to invest $40m into Kingdom's power sector
ABB has announced plans to invest around US $40 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Saudi Arabia to produce high-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), together with a transformer service workshop. The plant is planned to produce 132kV GIS initially, with higher ratings to follow later, whilst the service facility for transformers is targeted at supporting the firm’s installed base in the region.
Located in Dammam, the new facilities are planned to occupy 40,000 square metres of space.
“Local manufacturing of our GIS range in Saudi Arabia and our transformer service facility will enable us to respond to our customers’ needs more efficiently. This decision is in line with ABB’s regional and ‘in country for country’ approach and business philosophy to locate production and service facilities closer to our customers,” said Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB power products division.
Saudi is currently investing heavily in grid development, to support the country’s rapidly increasing demand for energy – forecast to rise steeply to over 30 GW by 2020.
ABB introduced its newest 420kV GIS earlier this year, with a compact design that reduced volume by 33 percent, and lowered sF6 insulating gas requirements by up to 40 percent.