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ABB lands $85mn Qatar substation order

Projects to help integrate giant IWPP into the national grid.

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ABB has won an $85mn order to provide turnkey substations to help integrate electricity from a new independent water and power plant (IWPP) into Qatar’s national grid.

The plant will produce 2,520 megawatts (MW) of power and desalination capacity of around 600,000 cubic metres of water per day.

ABB will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of three turnkey substations, which will be used to feed the grid and later step down power for distribution along the new planned development areas.

The 400 kV and 220/132 kV substations are equipped with state-of-the-art gas-insulated switchgear as well as advanced control and protection and telecommunication systems.

“We have an extensive presence and track-record in the region and are pleased to contribute to Qatar’s efforts to expand capacity and address the growing demand for electricity and fresh water,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Systems division.

“This success supports the re-focus of the Power Systems division and ABB’s Next Level strategic thrust on growing markets.”

Japanese companies Mitsubishi Corp and Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) won the contract earlier this year to develop Qatar’s largest power and water desalination project at Umm al Houl.

Operations at the $3.2bn plant are scheduled to start in 2017 and ramp up to full capacity in 2018.

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