ABB nets $55mn DEWA order

Substation will be built to connect Mohammed Bin Rashid solar park

Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $55mn from Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) to build a substation that will integrate power from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park.

The gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation will enhance transmission capacity, boost power supplies and strengthen the reliability of the grid.

The 100 megawatt (MW) Phase II of the solar power plant in Seih Al Dahal, about 50km south of Dubai, is scheduled to commence generation in 2017.

The solar park is one of the biggest renewable energy projects in the Middle East and North Africa. It is expected to cover an area of more than 40km2 and produce 1,000MW of clean energy when completed in 2030.

It will support the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, adopted by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy to diversify the energy mix, under which natural gas is expected to contribute 71% of electricity, followed by nuclear (12%), clean coal (12%) and solar (5%).

“The substation will help increase transmission capacity and deliver clean solar power to meet growing demand for electricity in the region,” said Claudio Facchin, head of ABB’s power systems division. “We are pleased to help the UAE strengthen its power network and increase the use of renewable energy.”

As part of the turnkey contract, ABB is responsible for the design, installation, commissioning and start-up of the plant. Key products to be supplied include eight bays of 400 kilovolt (kV) and 10 bays of 132kV GIS, two 132/400kV power transformers rated at 570 megavolt-ampere (MVA), as well as the protection system, automation and control system, surveillance and communication. The substation will also be IEC 61850 enabled to support open communications automation and protection.

The UAE is leading the deployment of solar power in the Middle East. Solar Impulse 2, a project supported by ABB, announced last month that it will start its attempt to make the first solar-powered flight around the world from the UAE in 2015. 

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