ABB wins FACTS order worth $115 million from Saudi Electricity
Oct 03, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
ABB, a power and automation technology group, has won an order worth around $115 million from Saudi Electricity Company, or SEC, to provide a FACTS, or flexible alternating current transmission system, solution enhancing the reliability of the transmission grid that feeds major railway interconnections.
As part of the turnkey solution, ABB will design, supply, install and commission two identical static var compensators (SVCs) at the Haramain High Speed Railway's (HHR) 380 kV substations. These installations will support the large scale railway interconnection between the cities of Mecca and Medina. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2015.
"This solution will help strengthen the transmission grid and enhance reliability of power supply to important rail links being developed in Saudi Arabia," said Brice Koch, head of ABB's Power Systems division. "SVCs are part of ABB's family of FACTS technologies, which help enhance the capacity and flexibility of power transmission systems and also contribute to the development of smarter grids."
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