ABB wins $17m Saudi substation contract

Gas-insulated switchgear to be extended for two new generation blocks

The Red Sea port town of Yanbu. Picture: NASA.
The Red Sea port town of Yanbu. Picture: NASA.

ABB has won a $17m order from Hanwha Engineering & Construction of Korea to extend an existing substation at the Yanbu power plant in Saudi Arabia.

Extending the gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation will enable the integration of additional power capacity from two new generation blocks of the Yanbu steam power plant, which is owned and operated by the regional power and water utility, Marafiq.

The new blocks will generate an additional 500MW, increasing the plant's total output to around 1,500MW. The project is scheduled for completion by 2012.

ABB will design, supply, install and commission the extension of the existing 380/115kV substation. Key products to be supplied include high-voltage gas-insulated switchgear, a range of circuit breakers and the control, protection and telecoms equipment.

"The extension of this substation will facilitate the efficient and reliable integration of additional power to help meet the growing demand for electricity from industrial and residential customers," said Oleg Aleinikov, head of ABB's substation business, a part of the company's Power Systems division.

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