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Fuji Electric wins Bahrain substation contract

Japanese firm to build 66kV unit for Dilmunia Island development.

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Japan’s Fuji Electric has been awarded a supply and installation contract for the primary substation serving the Dilmunia project in Bahrain.

The 66kV substation will deliver electricity to roughly 40% of the ambitious 125-hectare, $1.6bn man-made island.

Bahrain-based contractor Cebarco won the civil works contract and has started work on the site that will accommodate the substation. Fuji Electric will build the facility abroad and deliver it to Bahrain in stages.

The primary substation will start up in the first quarter of 2015, in time for the completion of the Seavilla development, with Dilmunia’s first residents due to move in during the third quarter.

Bahrain-based Ansari Engineering Services is responsible for the design works on the substation civil structure, while Montreal-based engineering and construction group SNC Lavalin provided electro-mechanical consultancy services and associated works.

The total value of contracts related to the primary substation is almost $12.6mn.

Dilmunia is a project of master developer Ithmaar Development Company (IDC), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bahrain-based Ithmaar Bank, an Islamic retail bank traded on both the Bahrain Bourse and the Kuwait Stock Exchange.

IDC chief executive Mohammed Khalil Alsayed said that the project is moving ahead more swiftly than he had anticipated.

“We are pleased to have Fuji Electric with us on this important step towards the completion of this landmark, first-of-its-kind project,” said Alsayed.

“Fuji Electric is known for innovating energy technology and making broad contributions worldwide to the fields of industrial and social infrastructure, and we are happy to have them onboard working with us,” he added.

Two additional substations are due to be built in Dilmnunia at a later date. Together, these three substations will power all of the Dilmunia Island.

The Dilmunia at Bahrain development is a mixed-use project built on a man-made island off the coast of Muharraq.

It will include residences, hotels, leisure and shopping districts, and provide residents and visitors with wellness facilities and spas in a state-of-the-art resort-type environment.

The development is located in close proximity to the Bahrain International Airport, with easy access to Saudi Arabia via the King Fahad Causeway.

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