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ABB clinches $55mn order for Dubai solar park

Swiss-based power and automation firm to build substation.

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Dubai's solar park
Dubai's solar park

ABB has won a $55mn order from Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to build a substation that will integrate power from the next phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

The gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation will enhance transmission capacity, boost power supplies and strengthen the reliability of the grid.

As part of the turnkey contract, ABB is responsible for the design, installation, commissioning and start-up of the substation.

Key products to be supplied include eight bays of 400 kilovolt (kV) and 10 bays of 132kV GIS, two 132/400kV power transformers rated at 570 megavolt-ampere (MVA), as well as the protection system, automation and control system, surveillance and communication.

The substation will also be IEC 61850 enabled to support open communications automation and protection.

The 100 megawatt (MW) Phase II of the solar power plant in Seih Al Dahal, about 50km south of Dubai, is scheduled to commence generation in 2017.

The solar park is one of the biggest renewable energy projects in the Middle East and North Africa. It is expected to cover an area of more than 40km2 and produce 1,000MW of clean energy when completed in 2030.

“The substation will help increase transmission capacity and deliver clean solar power to meet growing demand for electricity in the region,” said Claudio Facchin, head of ABB’s power systems division.

“We are pleased to help the UAE strengthen its power network and increase the use of renewable energy.”

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