Network deal goes to AREVA T&D

Latest Qatar electricity deal will see six substation developments increase the capacity of Doha’s power transmission

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By  Conrad Egbert Published  December 17, 2005

AREVA’s Transmission and Distribution Division (T&D) has won a US $167 million (QR607 million) contract with Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (Kahramaa) for the expansion of its electricity transmission network in Doha, Qatar. Under the contract, AREVA T&D will design and install six new electrical substations specifically for the capital, respecting its local architecture and environment, as well as meeting safety and performance requirements. The gas-insulated substations will be equipped with 40 MVA power transformers as well as 11 kV and 66 kV switchgear. This contract represents the third major project in the Middle East to be awarded to AREVA T&D this month. Last month, the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority awarded two large-scale grid interconnection projects worth a total of $232 million to AREVA T&D. Eoin Nolan, AREVA T&D regional vice president, said: “We are very gratified to be awarded a third prestigious contract in the Middle East. This demonstrates our commitment to the region and confirms AREVA T&D’s leading position in this market.” AREVA’s role will be to reduce incoming 66 kV electricity to 11 kV in order to supply West Bay buildings with 700 MVA of power. Each substation will rely on AREVA T&D’s PACiS Digital Control System and MiCOM numerical protection relay. The substations will be linked to the country’s national control centre, which was supplied by AREVA T&D and opened in July 1999, and to its distribution control centre, also by AREVA T&D. The latter is currently under construction and will be commissioned by summer 2006.

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