ABB wins order for electricity substations in Qatar

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ABB has won an order worth around $140m from Kahramaa, the Qatar General Electricity and Water corporation, which is the sole electricity and water transmission and distribution company in Qatar.

ABB will build four new transmission substations for the company and upgrade four existing substations to help meet the growing residential and commercial demand for electricity in the region, in particular the new Al Rayyan village development and other suburbs in and around the greater Doha area.

The company will design, supply, install and commission the four new 66/11kV gas-insulated switchgear substations as part of a turnkey contract that also includes key products like shunt reactors, transformers, medium-voltage switchgear and cables.

The substations will be equipped with ABB automation systems as well as protection and control products compliant with the IEC 61850 global substation communications standard. In addition, the company will upgrade four existing transmission substations to help strengthen the power network and enhance grid reliability.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2012.

Kahramaa is rapidly expanding its power grid to meet growing demand for power in the region. Its transmission grid comprises about 200 primary high-voltage and extra-high-voltage substations as well as hundreds of kilometres of overhead lines and underground cables. The distribution network includes about 6,500 low- and medium-voltage substations, supported by more than 4,500km of cable lines.