GE has secured a contract to deliver four new electricity substations for National Grid to strengthen power infrastructure in the Southern region of Saudi Arabia.

The substations, which will hold a capacity of 1,933MVA, will allow supply of electricity to around 25,000 homes, in addition to different industries in the Southern region.

The two 132kv substations will be delivered in Asir region, while other two in Jazan region.

Under the deal, GE will involve in the engineering, design, civil work and supply of gas insulated switchgears (GIS), power transformers (PTR), and automation for the new substations on a turnkey basis.

Through using GE’s advanced technology solutions, the other four substations will also be upgraded in the region.

The contract also includes the incorporation of substation automation to Saudi Electricity Company's (SEC) regional control centers thorough SCADA system for better power supply to customers in the region, helping to meet the requirements of vision 2030.

GE Saudi Arabia and Bahrain president and CEO Hisham Al Bahkali said: “Ensuring the delivery of reliable and efficient power is a key focus area of the Saudi National Vision 2030, which aims to drive all-round economic growth.

“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.”

National Grid’s SEC engineering department manager Abdulaziz Al Nasser said: "The introduction of four new substations and the upgrade of four others will significantly scale up the power delivery in the Southern Region.”

Recently, SEC selected GE as its solutions provider to drive a nationwide digital transformation of electricity in the Kingdom. Employing more than 2,000 people, GE operates three offices and seven facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Image: GE substations to strengthen power infrastructure in Southern Region of Saudi Arabia. Photo: courtesy of GE.