Switzerland’s ABB has been awarded contracts worth $160m to build and expand substations in the Rawdatain region of Kuwait.

ABB was awarded the contracts by the Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) as part of an overall scheme to upgrade and expand its power infrastructure. The Kuwait government seeks to enhance its power infrastructure in order to support the planned 38 per cent increase of crude oil production from its current levels of 2.9 million barrels per day (bpd) to 4 million bpd by 2020.

ABB’s work will include the design, supply, installation and commission of two 300kV substations of gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) technology. Additional work includes the extension of three pre-existing GIS substations with the capacity of 132kV. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.

MEW received bids for the contracts in March 2013.