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ABB has been contracted to help integrate electricity from a new power plant into Qatar’s national grid
The power and automation technology group will design, supply and install three turnkey substations needed to manage power from the independent water and power plant (IWPP), in a deal worth around US$85mn.
The 400kV and 220/132 kV substations will be equipped with the latest gas-insulated switchgear as well as advanced control and protection and telecommunication systems, and will be used to feed the grid and later step down power for distribution.
“We have an extensive presence and track-record in the region and are pleased to contribute to Qatar’s efforts to expand capacity and address the growing demand for electricity and fresh water,” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s power systems division. “This success supports the re-focus of the power systems division and ABB’s next level strategic thrust on growing markets.”
Powered by natural gas, the new IWPP will be capable of producing 2,520MW of power, along with a daily desalination capacity of 600mn litres of water, helping to supply drinking water and power to one of Qatar’s new economic zones.