Switzerland’s ABB has been awarded a $110m contract from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to build and upgrade existing electrical substations in the western region of the kingdom.  

The substations will link the Taif East area, in the Mecca region, to the kingdom’s 380kV national grid. The 110kV power supply from the substations will serve the areas of Turbah, Al-Khumrah and Rania, and will reduce the need for diesel-generated power in isolated areas.

ABB will design, supply and install a new 380kV substation and expand existing substations in Bisha and Sised to support the 380kV grid interconnection.

In 2012, ABB was awarded a contract to provide a substation for the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) at its $10.6bn aluminium complex in the Eastern Province of the kingdom.