ABB has secured a $90m order from the UAE-based utility Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to build the Shams 400kV substation at Mohammed Bin Rashid (MBR) solar park.
The substation will be integrating power generated by the MBR solar park into Dubai’s electricity grid.
It will be the second substation built by ABB for the solar park and is expected to strengthen the city’s power grid, as well as help in reducing the area’s carbon footprint.
ABB Power Grids Division president Claudio Facchin said: “We are proud to work with DEWA and continue to contribute to this landmark project with our state-of-the-art technologies that will boost capacity and bring cleaner solarpower to the people.
“Integrating renewables is a key element of our ‘Next Level’ strategy and our proven track record reinforces our position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”
Under the contract, ABB will be responsible for the design, supply, installation, and commissioning of the Shams 400kV/132kV substation.
ABB’s new substation will feature 400kV and 132kV gas-insulated switchgears, power transformers, protection, automation, and control systems, as well as surveillance and communication systems.
In order to support open and seamless communication with all intelligent devices, the new substation will feature International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) 61850 architecture.
Upon completion, the substation will have a total capacity of more than 2,000 megavolt amperes (MVA).
ABB built the first substation last year, connecting the second phase of the MBR Solar Park and added 200MW of electricity to the transmission grid.
Located 50km south of Dubai, the MBR solar park is due for completion in 2030, with the capacity to generate 5,000MW of power.