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Saudi Arabia invests in power efficiency

11 August 2009

Saudi Arabia is boosting the efficiency of its power distribution network, placing a $60 million order with ABB. Saudi Electricity Company, Saudi Arabia’s national power transmission and distribution utility, will improve the efficiency of 28 distribution substations.

A high voltage substation
A high voltage substation


ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the projects, which are expected to be completed by 2010.

‘These solutions will enable the substations to operate more efficiently, thereby increasing the availability of electricity and improving power quality,’ said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division.

ABB will provide power factor correction for 19 substations rated 33/13.8 kilovolts in central, southern and northwestern provinces, and for nine, 132/33 kV substations in and around the capital, Riyadh. Products to be supplied include capacitor banks, reactors, medium-voltage switchgear, protection and control equipment, and a SCADA system to help the utility manage the flow of power in the network.

A distribution system’s operating power comprises active or ‘working’ power and reactive or ‘non-working’ power. Power factor is a measure of a power network's efficiency. A low power factor indicates poor efficiency and must be corrected.

ABB has commissioned several substations in the region, executing projects on a fast track to help meet growing electricity needs and high summer loads.


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