ABS Wins 78 Million Project in Saudi Arabia
ABB, a power and automation technology company, recently won a $78 million project in Saudi Arabia from the Saudi Electric Company (SEC), Saudi Arabia’s national power transmission and distribution operator. The project involves two new combined-cycle power plants that were installed to boost transmission capacity around the capital, Riyadh, and surrounding areas of the Central Region.
ABB will supply generator step-up (GSU) transformers, power transformers and station service transformers for SEC’s combined-cycle power plants.
“These transformers will enable more electricity to reach consumers and meet growing industrial and household demand in the region,” says Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB’s Power Products division. “We are pleased to continue supporting Saudi Arabia in the development of its power infrastructure.”
Saudi Arabia’s growing demand for electricity stems from a population increase and industrial growth driven by petrochemicals. This project is one of many, implemented with the goal of boosting power-generation capacity from less than 60 GW to approximately 91 GW by 2020. Long term, Saudi Arabia aspires to more than double the existing capacity.
Transformers are integral components of an electrical grid, and essential for the efficient and safe conversion of electricity between different voltage systems. ABB’s transformer portfolio includes power transformers rated up to 1,200 kV, dry- and liquid-distribution transformers, traction and special application transformers as well as related services and components.