The gas-insulated switchgear substation will facilitate the transmission of electricity from the 1200MW Rabigh power plant located 150km north of Jeddah. It will supply power to Saudi Electricity Company and help meet the power needs of industrial and residential customers in the region. The project is scheduled for completion by 2011.

ABB will design, supply, install and commission the 380kV substation, which includes the gas-insulated switchgear, a range of circuit breakers including the generator circuit breaker and the control, protection and telecommunication equipment.

Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s power systems division, said: “ABB’s technology strengths combined with extensive experience in Saudi Arabia and knowledge of the transmission and distribution network will play a key role in executing this project.”