ABB wins $38m deal to improve power efficency

SEC order involves work on 22 power distribution substations

ABB has won another contract to carry out subsation work in Saudi Arabia.
ABB has won another contract to carry out subsation work in Saudi Arabia.

By Gavin Davids

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $38 million from the Saudi Electricity Company to improve the efficiency of 22 power distribution substations.

The company order will see it design, supply, and install the equipment across the network of power grids that service the Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and Ta'if areas in an effort to improve the power quality and raise network efficiency.

The technology provideed will improve the power factor, which is an indicator of the usuable power available in the grid. A distribution system's operating power comprises of active or 'working' power and reactive or 'non-working' power.

Power factor represents the ratio between the two and is a measure of a power network's efficiency. Efficiency can be improved by correcting or raising, the power factor.

"Improving the efficiency of the substations will increase power availability and help meet increasing demand for quality power in the region," Peter Leupp, head of ABB's Power Systems division.

In August, ABB booked a similar order relating to 28 distribution substations and has also successfully commissioned several substations in the region. The current project is scheduled to be completed by 2011.



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