ABB to spark up Qatar grid with multiple substations

Power giant wins US $450 million package, which will continue transformation of country’s capacity

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By  Angela Giuffrida Published  December 30, 2006

Swiss engineering group ABB has won a US $450 million (QR1.6 billion) contract to expand the power grid in Qatar. The contract includes three substations and a telecommunication package for Qatar’s Phase VII grid expansion project, a countrywide effort to increase power in areas of high growth, where electricity demand is greatest. The order will be executed by ABB’s Power Systems unit, which makes up roughly a sixth of the company’s business and booked orders of $1 billion in the third quarter. It will engineer, procure, construct and commission three substations and supply 37 bays of 400kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS); 66 bays 220kV GIS; 36 bays 132kV GIS; and 41 bays 66kV GIS. The company will also supply 25 transformers, rated from 40 to 800MVA. “ABB’s advanced substation technology is underpinning a huge expansion of Qatar’s power transmission capacity, ensuring the region has a reliable supply of electricity,” said Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB’s Power Products division. “ABB’s fast delivery and safe, reliable products and systems are helping develop one of the fastest growing power markets in the world.” ABB is scheduled to energise the substations in the first half of 2008. It’s the latest in a series of recent orders in the region for the company, and the biggest transmission and distribution substations order that ABB has ever received. In November 2005, the company won a $170 million contract from Kahramaa for 12 substations and power cables for Qatar’s Phase VI grid expansion project, and a $220 million contract for Phase I of the Gulf Grid project, linking the electrical grids of six Gulf states, including Qatar. New orders at ABB rose 19% to $6.77 billion in the third quarter, the group said in October, adding it expected the pace of growth in order intake to slow next year. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 107,000 people.

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