ABB wins $53m order from Najran Uni in Saudi

ABB sub-station will ensure reliable power supply to Narjan campus

An example of an ABB sub-station.
An example of an ABB sub-station.

ABB has won a $53million order from Najran University in Saudi Arabia for a sub-station to help ensure reliable power supplies for the campus. The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2010.

ABB will be responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of a 380kV sub-station capable of distributing power at 132kV and 13.8kV.

The turnkey order includes civil works and auxiliary systems, as well as gas-insulated switchgear (GIS), transformers, protection equipment and substation automation.

“This substation will help meet the growing demand for electricity and support the expansion of Najran University,” said ABB head Peter Leupp. ABB’s compact GIS technology will ensure reliability and at the same time minimise the substation footprint.

The university is located in Najran, a city in the south of Saudi Arabia. It was founded in 2006 and covers an area of 18million m2. The university complex will house two campuses, including 25 colleges, with an overall capacity of 45,000 students. It will also host administrative buildings, a medical city, a research centre, sports facilities and housing accommodation for faculty, staff and students.

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