ABB announced today that it has won a turnkey contract worth $90 million to install Flexible AC Transmission Systems (FACTS) technology in Saudi Arabia.
According to ABB, the installation will improve the transmission capability of a 380-kilovolt power transmission corridor by 80 percent, preventing power shortages in the Riyadh area during summer peaks and eliminating the need to build new transmission lines or power generation facilities.
‘With FACTS, more power can reach consumers at lower investment costs and with a minimal impact on the environment,’ said Peter Smits, head of ABB’s Power Technologies division. ‘This high-end power technology enhances the security, capacity and flexibility of existing power transmission systems.’
ABB will design, manufacture, install and commission four series compensation units in the existing transmission corridor between the Eastern and Central regions of the Saudi Electricity Commission (SEC) grid. ABB’s system will be the first series compensation technology used in Saudi Arabia.
ABB will also expand a 230-kilovolt substation, install a 300-kilometer long, high-speed fibre optic telecommunication link, and build an auxiliary power feeder and associated equipment.