ABB wins contract to power mega Saudi university
Najran University is Saudi Arabia's largest educational institution
ABB, has won an order worth US$53 million from Najran University, Saudi Arabia’s biggest educational institution, for a substation to help ensure reliable power supplies for the campus. The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2010.
ABB will be responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 380 kV (kilovolt) substation capable of distributing power at 132 kV and 13.8 kV. The turnkey order includes civil works and auxiliary systems as well as key equipment such as gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers, protection equipment and substation automation.
“This substation will help meet the growing demand for electricity and support the expansion of Najran University” said Mahmoud Shaban, country manager, ABB in Saudi Arabia and Subregion manager, ABB in Arabian Peninsula. ”ABB’s compact GIS technology will ensure reliability and at the same time minimise the substation footprint.”
Najran University is located in the city of Najran in the south of Saudi Arabia. The university, which was founded in 2006, is the country’s largest by area and covers 18 million square metres. The university complex will house two campuses for males and females and will encompass 15 and 10 colleges for males and females respectively with an overall capacity of 45 thousand students.
The university will also house administrative buildings, a medical city, a research center, sports facilities and housing accommodation for faculty and staff members as well as students. Future investments will include a five-star hotel, commercial centres and private schools.
Substations are key installations in the power grid. They transform voltage levels and facilitate the efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. They include equipment that protects and controls the flow of electrical power.
ABB is a leading supplier of air- and gas-insulated substations, with more than 10,000 installations worldwide covering a range of voltage levels up to 1,100 kV.