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Saudi: GE, National Grid SA ink substation deal

General Electric (GE) will supply four new electricity substations on a turnkey basis, and upgrade four others in Saudi Arabia’s Southern Region

GE will supply four new substations to National Grid SA [representational image].
GE will supply four new substations to National Grid SA [representational image].

Saudi Arabia’s electricity company, National Grid SA, has signed a contract with General Electric (GE) to supply four new electricity substations on a turnkey basis, and upgrade four others in the country's Southern Region.

With a total capacity of 1,933MVA, the new substations will enable power delivery to up to 25,000 homes as well as industries in the southern region, Saudi Gazette reported.

Under the terms of the contract, GE will also upgrade four existing substations.

Hisham Al Bahkali, GE’s president and chief executive officer for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said: “The contract for GE to provide four substations on a turnkey basis and to upgrade four other existing substations will help strengthen the electricity grid that serves the southern region of the kingdom.

“It will not only deliver more electricity to more homes in the region but also support the focus on industrialisation and economic diversification.”

As part of the deal, GE will conduct engineering, design and civil works, and provide gas insulated switchgears, power transformers and automation-related services.

The scope of the contract also includes the integration of substation automation to Saudi Electricity Company's (SEC) regional control centres via a supevisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.

Abdulaziz Al Nasser, engineering department manager for the National Grid at SEC, said: “The introduction of four new substations and the upgrade of four others will significantly scale up the power delivery in the Southern Region.

“The advanced competencies that GE brings are an ideal fit to our requirements. By deploying the latest technologies in grid infrastructure, we are underlining our commitment to deliver reliable, uninterrupted and efficient power supply to our customers in the kingdom.”

GE has been active in Saudi Arabia for more than 80 years. The company has three offices and seven facilities in the kingdom.

With more than 2,000 employees based in Saudi Arabia, the country is home to the largest GE workforce in the Middle East.

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