State-owned power transmission and distribution operator Saudi Electricity (SEC) has awarded $150m worth of contracts to ABB to upgrade electricity transmission capacity of five substations in the country.


The company will undertake installation and commissioning of new switchgear bays at the substations, and modify associated automation, control, protection and auxiliary power supply systems and connected transmission substations.

Three of the substations covered under the contract are in the central region, while the other two are in eastern and western regions.

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."

The project will help the country to increase its power generation capacity to 91GW from around 60GW by 2020, the company said.

ABB earlier secured $60m contract with SEC to supply 65 power transformers.

Image: ABB will supply switchgear bays to five substations in Saudi Arabia. Photo: courtesy of ABB.