Zurich, Switzerland, January 7, 2010 — Power and automation technology group ABB won an order worth $48 million from the SEPCO III Electric Power Construction Corp., a Chinese engineering and construction company, to deliver a substation for a new power plant in Saudi Arabia. The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2009.
The gas-insulated switchgear substation will facilitate the transmission of electricity from the 1,200 MW Rabigh power plant located 150 kilometers north of Jeddah.
This is the first independent power plant being built in the country, with private sector participation and will be developed on a build, own, operate basis.
It will supply power to Saudi Electricity Company and help meet the growing 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 380 kV substation, which includes the gas-insulated switchgear, a range of circuit breakers including the generator circuit breaker and the control, protection and telecommunication equipment.