Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) has awarded a contract to Switzerland’s ABB to construct six new substations in the kingdom.

The order, worth $108m, covers four 115/13.8kV substations to be located in the Eastern Province in Dammam and Al-Hassa and two 110/13.8kV substations in the Western Region, in Jeddah and Mecca.

As part of the turnkey contract, ABB will be responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the substations, which are scheduled for completion by 2012.

Under the terms of the contract, ABB will provide gas-insulated switchgear, transformers, medium-voltage switchgear, low-voltage auxiliary systems and the network protection systems.

ABB will also equip the substations with automation, control and communication capabilities.

ABB recently received another order worth $48m for a major substation project at Rabigh in the fourth quarter of 2009.