ABB has announced that it has won a $17m order from Hanwha Engineering & Construction of Korea to extend an existing substation at Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.

The project at Yanbu involves the integration of additional power capacity from two new generation blocks. The Yanbu power plant is owned and operated by Marafiq, the regional power and water utility. The new blocks will generate an additional 500 MW, raising the plant’s total output to 1500 MW.

ABB will design, supply, install and commission the extension of the existing 380/115 kV substation. The project is scheduled for completion by 2012.

Oleg Aleinikov, head of ABB’s Substation Business, said: “The extension of this substation will facilitate the efficient and reliable integration of additional power to help meet the growing demand for electricity from industrial and residential customers.”

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