ABB wins $30mn power grid order in Saudi Arabia
Firm to refurbish SVCs located at the Shedgum and Faras substation
Power and automation technology group ABB has won an order worth around US $30mn from Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to refurbish FACTS (flexible alternating current transmission) systems in the Eastern Operating Area. The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2013.
ABB will refurbish two 380 kilovolt Static Var Compensators (SVC) located at the existing Shedgum and Faras Substation, about 300 kilometers East of Riyadh. The SVC’s will operate in parallel with other SVC’s and generators in close proximity. They will provide reactive power support to limit temporary over voltages and mitigate voltage instabilities at low load conditions. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2016.
“This refurbishment project will help improve voltage stability, reduce outages and mitigate the risk of blackouts” said Oleg Aleinikov, head of ABB’s substations business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division. “Strengthening the transmission grid will benefit consumers in the region by improving the reliability and quality of their power supply.”
SVCs are part of ABB’s family of FACTS technologies, which help enhance the capacity and flexibility of power transmission systems and contribute to the evolution of smarter grids. They compensate for fluctuations in the voltage and current of an electric grid, thereby allowing more power to flow through the network while maintaining network safety and stability.