ABB scores another Saudi switchgear order
High voltage GIS aimed at supporting grid reliability
ABB has signed a US $20 million contract with Saudi Services for Electro Mechanic Works Company Limited (SSEM) to provide high voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS). The power group will supply 420kV GIS equipment that will form an essential part of the new Al Lith substation SSEM are building for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).
“The new substation where the GIS equipment is being installed, will enhance power capacity and help meet growing electricity demand to support growing consumer demand and industrial development in the country,” said Giandomenico Rivetti, head of ABB’s High Voltage Products business.
Al Lith is situated around 190 kilometres from Jeddah, and is a rapidly growing coastal province in the Kingdom. The substation is expected to be connected to the grid in September 2014.
ABB has had a run of contract wins in the Kingdom over the last year - a situation likely to be bolstered further following the recent announcement that the firm is to open a new $40 million switchgear facility in Dammam.