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ABB wins US 34 million Saudi power job

Substation projects to help meet demand and improve power quality

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Saudi Arabia's growing need for power is fuelling new construction opportunities in the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia's growing need for power is fuelling new construction opportunities in the Kingdom.

Power and automation technology group ABB, has won a US $34 million (SAR128 million) order from Saudi Arabia’s national power transmission and distribution utility, Saudi Electricity Company.

The work will involve correcting the power factor to increase capacity and efficiency in the power grid and include the refurbishment and expansion of 20 distribution substations to strengthen the network in the western provinces of the country.

This is expected to enable the Saudi Electric Company to meet growing demand for electricity and improve power quality.

“ABB is already executing several turnkey substation projects in the region,” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “These new projects will support the country’s efforts to increase power capacity and grid reliability.”

ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the measures to improve the substations. The products supplied will include capacitor banks, medium-voltage switchgear, protection and control equipment, and a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system that will enable the utility to manage the flow of power in the network. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2010.

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