Modon inks $40m power-gear plant contract with ABB
Swiss to deliver regional factory first at Dammam industrial complex
Modon, the Saudi Industrial Property Authority, has signed a contract with Switzerland’s ABB group to build a $40m industrial complex in Dammam’s second industrial city.
ABB will construct a plant factory to manufacture high-pressure Gas-Insulated Switches (GIS), the first of its kind in the Middle East The plant will be built across an area of 40,000m2.
"The size of the huge demand for industrial land in the Eastern region is a strong indication for the future of promising industrial growth,” said Eng. Saleh Bin Ibrahim Al-Rasheed, Modon director-general.
“This will make the Kingdom's economy non-dependent on oil and achieve the vision of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, who announced industry as a strategic option to diversify its sources of income."
The project will ultimately provide more than 300 job opportunities. It is expected that the new production unit for will be ready by the mid of 2013.
Also in attendance was Eng. Mahmoud Shabaan, president of the ABB group for the Arabian Peninsula.
In terms of development and rehabilitation projects in Dammam’s second industrial city Al-Rasheed added that the total cost so far amounts to $214m, with the infrastructure spend accounting for $160m.
Modon, was established in 2001, currently oversees 29 cities in various stages of development. In the next five years, this number of will rise to 40, developing industrial lands of 16,000 hectares.
ABB presented the latest generation of gas-insulated (GIS) 420 kV consoles earlier this year. Compactly designed to reduces the size by up to 33%, the amount of insulated gas required is reduced by up to 40.
ABB already has one factory in Riyadh’s second industrial city, employing more than 400 Saudi employees, 35% of the workforce.