The power transmission and distribution division of French state-owned nuclear group Areva has won an order worth close to EUR90m to supply a 400/132kV gas-insulated substation (GIS) for Transco, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority.

Areva said that the GIS substation will be located in Ajman, where population is expected to jump from 250,000 in 2010 to 2.2 million in 2030, according to estimates from the UAE Ministry of Economy.

The substation contract also includes the delivery of four power transformers, four shunt reactors, a digital control system and a telecommunications system along with protection relays. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2012.

Karim Vissandjee, CEO of Areva T&D, said: “This success is another step forward in our ongoing regional development. Our local team is proud to contribute to a project that increases the availability and reliability of the power grid, expanding much-needed capacity in the UAE.”

Michel Augonnet, executive vice president of systems at Areva T&D, said: “Our compliant and competitive solution demonstrates the value offered by our local experts and high-quality products, which have been in place since 2006 as part of Areva T&D’s ambitious strategy to grow presence in the Middle East.”