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Swiss company ABB has announced it has signed a contract worth US$110mn with Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to construct substations in the western region of Saudi Arabia
The contract includes the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 380/110 kV bulk supply point substation and the expansion of the existing remote-end substations in Bisha and Sised to support the 380 kV grid interconnection.
The new substations will reportedly link the Taif East Governorate, a part of the Mecca region, to the national 380kV transmission grid. The 110kV power supply enabled by these sub-stations will serve the Turbah, Al-Khurmah and Rania settlements, mitigating the use of diesel-generated power in isolated areas.
Claudio Facchin, head of the power systems division at ABB, said, ”These substations will strengthen the grid and enhance transmission capacity, bringing much-needed electricity to the region to meet growing domestic and industrial demand."
ABB's solution includes gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and hybrid technologies, control and protection equipment, auxiliary systems, and substation automation equipment for remote monitoring, added the company.
The substations are designed to facilitate the efficient and reliable transmission and distribution of electricity with minimum environmental impact.