ABB has won orders worth $60m to provide substations which will boost the transmission grid in King Abdullah Economic City in Saudi Arabia.

In a deal signed with Saudi Electricity Company, ABB will design, supply, install and commission an expansion of the 380 kV Haramain high-speed railway substation, which provides electricity to the city at 110 kV.King Abdullah Economic City

ABB will also supply control and protection equipment, auxiliary systems and substation automation technology to enable monitoring and control of substations from a remote control centre.

King Abdullah Economic City is on the Red Sea coast, around 100 km north of Jeddah, and was launched in 2006 as a new city designed to boost social and economic growth in Saudi Arabia and make the kingdom one the world’s top investment destinations.

ABB chief executive Ulrich Spiesshofer said the new substations “will strengthen the transmission grid and boost power supplies to support economic growth”.

He added that “the need to build up reliable and efficient power infrastructure in the Middle East is an important growth driver for ABB”.