ABB bags $20mn substation deal with DEWA

Swiss giant will build a larger substation to accommodate 200MW solar plant.


ABB has won an order worth around $20mn from Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to extend a substation that will integrate more solar power into the grid.

The Zurich-based power and automation company won a substation order in 2014 to connect a 100 MW solar plant to the grid, but DEWA subsequently doubled the net output capacity to 200 MW.

As part of this turnkey project, ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the substation’s extension, a statement said.

Key products to be supplied include three bays of 400 kilovolt (kV) and eleven bays of compact 132 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), power transformers, and IEC 61850-based open architecture automation and controls. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

“ABB’s advanced technologies will help to efficiently integrate renewable solar energy into the grid, enhancing capacity and reliability of supplies,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Systems division.

“We are proud to contribute to Dubai and the UAE’s energy diversification initiative and bring clean energy to meet growing industrial, commercial and residential demand. This project reiterates our focus on growing markets and renewables in line with our Next Level strategy.”

The utility scale solar photovoltaic plant will produce enough electricity to power more than 30,000 homes and offset 250,000 tons of carbon emissions annually.


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