SEC awards new substations contracts to ABB

ABB_comABB will install the SCADA-based network management system. (Image source: ABB)ABB has won orders worth more than US$30 million to design, supply, install and commission two substations for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC)

The 132/13.8 kilovolt (kV) substations will be located in the Al-Kharj area and the adjoining Second Industrial City, south-east of Riyadh.

ABB Substations business head Oleg Aleinikov said, “These substations will enhance power capacity to meet growing electricity demand and industrial development in the region.

“They will also help to improve grid reliability and power quality.”

The power and automation leader will deliver high and medium voltage gas and air insulated switchgear, transformers, auxiliary systems, cables and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system.

According to the company, it will also supply the automation, control, protection and communication systems compliant with the international IEC 61850 standard, to enable remote monitoring and control of power assets located at multiple sites from the central region control center.

The substations will be equipped with capacitor banks to improve the network's power factor, which is an indicator of the usable power available in the grid. ABB said this would reduce electricity losses and enhance the stability of power supply for Saudi Arabia’s national power transmission and distribution operator.

ABB’s substations would serve utility, industry and commercial customers in Al-Kharj and Second Industrial City, which have been established to diversify the kingdom’s industrial base and reduce its dependence on oil.

ABB plans to complete the substations project by 2014.

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