ABB secures US$15mn water order in Saudi Arabia


ABB was awarded a US$15mn order from Japanese pump manufacturer, Torishima Pump, to provide a turnkey electrical control and instrumentation solution for a new pumping station under construction in Saudi Arabia.


The system will be operated by the state-run Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC), responsible for operating the country’s national desalination plants, a network of pumping stations, reservoirs and over 3,700 km of pipes to transport water in bulk from the plants to major consumption centers.

ABB’s solution includes the electrical balance of plant, field instrumentation and the distributed control and communication systems for the pumping station, which will be located at the Al Baha end of the pipeline. ABB is responsible for the design,  engineering, supply, installation, commissioning and training for the technologies being supplied.

The project is scheduled to be completed in 2013. The water transmission system will be capable of transferring 80,000 cu/m of potable desalinated water per day along a 217 km pipeline between the cities of Al Taif and Al Baha, where it will be connected to the local water network for distribution throughout the province of Al Baha.

Franz-Josef Mengede, head of ABB’s global power generation business, a part of the company’s Power Systems division, commented: “Our proven project management competence, strong local presence and extensive experience of executing large water transmission and pumping station projects underscores our expertise in the sector.”

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