Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded contracts worth about $150m to ABB for the expansion five existing transmission substations.


Saudi Arabia intends to increase power generation capacity by 50% to meet the demand of expanding economy.

The capacity of the five substations is being increased by SEC, which is the country’s national power transmission and distribution operator.

Three of the substations are situated in the central region and the other two are located in the eastern and western areas.

Under the contracts, ABB will design, supply, install and commission new switchgear bays at five substations.

The orders also include modification of related automation, control, protection and auxiliary power supply systems and connected transmission substations.

ABB Power Systems division president Claudio Facchin said: "These substations will strengthen the grid and enhance transmission capacity, enabling electricity to reach more consumers and support this growing market, in line with our Next Level strategy."

Saudi Arabia is increasing its power generation capacity to about 91GW by 2020 from less than 60GW to meet the growing electricity demand.

ABB has various projects in the country, including a $60m order from SEC for 65 power transformers.

Image: ABB technology will upgrade five GIS substations to increase electricity transmission capacity in Saudi Arabia. Photo: courtesy of ABB.