ABB wins $38 million order to improve power efficiency in Saudi Arabia
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $38 million from the Saudi Electricity Company, Saudi Arabia’s national power transmission and distribution utility, to improve the efficiency of 22 power distribution substations.
ABB will provide technologies to improve the power factor, which is an indicator of the usable power available in the grid. ABB will design, engineer, supply, install and commission the equipment. The project is expected to be completed by 2011.
The technologies, which will increase capacity, improve power quality and raise network efficiency, will be installed in 22 distribution substations serving the Mecca, Medina, Jeddah and Ta’if areas. Products to be supplied include capacitor banks of various ratings, medium-voltage switchgear, protection and control equipment and a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system to help the utility to manage its power network more effectively.
A distribution system’s operating power comprises active or “working” power and reactive or “non-working” power. Power factor represents the ratio between the two and is a measure of a power network's efficiency. Efficiency can be improved by correcting, or raising, the power factor. “Improving the efficiency of the substations will increase power availability and help meet increasing demand for quality power in the region,” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division.