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Saudi Arabia signs $110mn ABB substation deal

Substations will help to reduce use of diesel engines in villages.

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ABB is helping Saudi Electricity bring power to villages.
ABB is helping Saudi Electricity bring power to villages.

ABB has won an order worth around $110 million from the Saudi Electricity Company to construct substations in the country’s western region.

The new substations will link the Taif East Governorate, a part of the Mecca region, to the national 380 kilovolt (kV) transmission grid. The 110 kV power supply enabled by the substations will serve the settlements of Turbah, Al-Khurmah and Rania, mitigating the use of diesel-generated power in isolated areas.

“We are privileged to continue supporting the development of Saudi Arabia’s power infrastructure,” said Claudio Facchin, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “These substations will strengthen the grid and enhance transmission capacity, bringing much-needed electricity to the region to meet growing domestic and industrial demand.”

The turnkey order includes design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 380/110 kV bulk supply point substation and the expansion of the existing remote-end substations in Bisha and Sised to support the 380 kV grid interconnection.

ABB’s solution includes gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and hybrid technologies, control and protection equipment, auxiliary systems, and substation automation equipment compliant with the international IEC61850 standard for remote monitoring.

Thee substations are designed to facilitate the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity with minimum environmental impact.

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