New Substations Support Growth in Southwestern Saudi Arabia

New Substations Support Growth in Southwestern Saudi Arabia
April 05, 2017 at 01:04pm

Located on a plain between soaring mountains and the Red Sea, the Baish region in Jazan Province is witnessing significant economic development – driven by the Jazan Economic City, the Saudi Aramco Jazan Complex and other infrastructure and industrial projects.

This development requires power and the reliable transmission and distribution infrastructure necessary to get it to homes and factories across the region.

GE Energy Connections is helping ensure delivery of this electricity, with a new agreement with the Saudi Electricity Company to deliver four new 132kV substations and renovate four existing 132kV substations. Together the eight substations have a capacity of 1,141 MW, enough to supply power to up to 15,000 Saudi homes.

The four new substations will be delivered as turnkey projects that include engineering, design, civil work, supply of gas insulated switchgears (GIS), power transformers, and control and automation.

As with the new substations, the renovated substations will benefit from advanced control and automation solutions that will help SEC better manage the grid and achieve more reliable power delivery.

GE has been a partner to the Kingdom for more than eight decades. It has more than 2,000 employees in the Kingdom, with 50% of staff in highly skilled engineering and technology roles, and a Saudization rate of 70%.

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