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Siemens wins US$150m Transco contract

Siemens to supply substations&switchgear for Abu Dhabi grid expansion.

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Siemens CEO Peter Loescher shakes hands with HH Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Adwea.
Siemens CEO Peter Loescher shakes hands with HH Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Adwea.

Siemens and partner company Electromechanical LLC will supply substations and switchgear equipment to the Abu Dhabi Transmission & Dispatch Company (Transco), Abu Dhabi’s national electricity grid operator, as part of Transco’s efforts to expand the emirate’s power distribution network. The order is worth a total of around EUR150 million, says Siemens.

Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, is expanding its electricity supply network on an ongoing basis in order to keep pace with the rising demand for energy. Analysts expect that electricity demand in the country will continue to grow by 10 percent each year.

The order entails the turnkey supply of three 132/11kV transformer substations and two 132/22kV substations. They will be equipped with 20 Dresden-built 40-MVA transformers, gas-insulated switchgear, and protection and control equipment. A total of 356 gas-insulated switchgear bays comprising 46 for the 132-kV voltage level, 124 for 22 kV and 186 for 11 kV are to be supplied from Siemens’ plants in Berlin and Frankfurt. These substations – which will supplying power to, for example, the CO2-free Masdar City as well as Abu Dhabi’s new airport – are scheduled for completion by 2013.

“We’re proud that Transco has again opted for field-proven, first-class equipment from Siemens for the expansion of Abu Dhabi’s electricity grid,” said Peter Löscher, Siemens chief executive officer.

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