ABB has won an order worth over $20 million for high-voltage gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) from SSEM (Saudi Services For Electro Mechanic Works Company Limited), a leading engineering, procurement and construction company in the region.
ABB will supply 420 kilovolt (kV) GIS equipment that will form an integral part of the new Al Lith substation being built by SSEM for Saudi Electricity Company (SEC). Al Lith, about 190 kilometers from Jeddah, is a rapidly growing coastal province in the western area of Saudi Arabia. The substation is scheduled to be energized in September 2014.
"The new substation where this GIS equipment is being installed will enhance power capacity and help meet growing electricity demand to support growing consumer demand and industrial development in the country" said Giandomenico Rivetti, head of ABB's High Voltage Products business, a part of the company's Power Products division.
Saudi Arabia accounts for around half of the total electricity consumption in the GCC. Economic growth, led by the oil and gas sector is driving the development of power infrastructure to secure electricity supplies.
The Saudi Gazette