Siemens bags $116mn Saudi switch gear contract
German firm to supply panels for five substations in Al Jouf region.
Siemens has marked its entry into the direct EPC business for GIS systems in Saudi Arabia with a contract valued at more than EUR 90mn ($116.6mn).
The German firm will deliver 111 switch panels to be installed in a total of five gas-insulated high-voltage switchgear (GIS).
Alfanar Construction, the general contractor in charge of building the turnkey stations for the state-run energy provider Saudi Electricity Company, made the purchase.
Siemens will begin shipping the panels in the second half of 2015.
The scope of supply includes 111 single-break circuit breakers from the 8DQ1-GIS switchgear series.
This system features a compact design and has a standard panel width of 2.20 meters, making it the smallest switchgear in the 380 kV (kilovolt) range.
The GIS switchgear are destined for the five 380-kV stations (Qurayyat, Tabarjal, Al-Jouf, Arar and Waad Al-Shamaal) in Saudi Arabia’s northern Al-Jouf region, where the power grid is being expanded due to growing demand. The 8DQ1 system is manufactured in Siemens’ Berlin switchgear plant.
“We welcome the opportunity to support the expansion of Saudi Arabia’s power transmission grid,” said Harald Griem, who heads the High Voltage Products Business Unit within Siemens Energy.
“The customer was won over by our tried-and-tested products and excellent delivery capability. These attributes underscore the competitive strength of our GIS system business in key markets such as Saudi Arabia,” he added.
Siemens has already received four orders for the new compact 8DQ1-GIS switchgear from Saudi Arabia this year.