Power and automation group, ABB has secured orders worth more than $70m from the Saudi Arabian transmission and distribution operator, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to construct five new substations.
ABB will be responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the new 110/13.8kVsubstations which are expected to enhance grid capacity and help meet the growing demand for electricity in the nation.
ABB Power Systems division head Brice Koch said the substations will increase capacity and strengthen the transmission and distribution grid to address growing electricity demand from residential and commercial consumers.
Other key equipment supplies include a gas insulated switchgear, transformers, a auxiliary AC/DC system and capacitor banks.
ABB will also deliver solutions including a supervisory control and data acquisition system, as well as automation, control and protection equipment and a global IEC 61850 standard compliant communication system.
The substations are expected to be commissioned in 2014.
The company recently announced similar orders worth more than $250m for new substations and reinforcement of existing ones in the eastern and central regions.
Image : ABB will construct five substations in Saudi Arabia; Photo: Courtesy of ABB