Rolls-Royce subsidiary breaks records with (US)$300M contract

Reyrolle, part of the Rolls-Royce Industrial Power Group, has won its largest contract ever, estimated at more than (US)$300 million, building one of the largest electricity substations in the Middle East.

Reyrolle will build the substation in Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian capital, plus extend another substation under the turnkey contract with Saudi Consolidated Electric Co.`s. Central Region. The new 380-kV substation will perform a crucial role in the development of the region`s grid network, increasing reliability and availability of electrical power in the city and providing more energy for industrial development.

The substation will be linked to a 1,200-MW power station to be constructed nearby. The project will also complete a power supply ring around Riyadh and connect new transmission lines from other parts of the network. Reyrolle will provide 30 bays of 380-kV gas-insulated switchgear, together with control and protection systems and the 132-kV switchgear.

As part of the contract, Reyrolle will extend the Buraydh substation 150 miles north of Riyadh. Manufacturing work has begun at Reyrolle`s Hebburn, South Tyneside, England, plant. It will be competed in two stages in 1997 and 1999. Civil engineering will be carried out in collaboration with Saudi Sadelmi Technical Construction Co.

This record-breaking contract came on the heels of two other import orders for Reyrolle–a (US)$51 million electricity substation contract from the Jordan Electricity Authority and a (US)$16 million order from Ansaldo Energia of Italy on behalf of the Dubai Electricity and Water Co. to extend a substation at Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE.