The Princess Noura bint Abdulrahman University for Women in Riyadh has awarded two contracts worth a total of $167m for the development of power supply facilities.

The local office of the Swiss-based ABB has been awarded a $120m contract to build a high voltage substation for the university, and the local Alfanar Group has been awarded a $47m contract for the high voltage distribution cables.

The contracts were signed in late October and development is set to last 20 months. The client is the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Higher Education.

The Saudi Binladin Group was awarded a SR1.5bn ($400m) contract to build a monorail network for the university in August (MEED 21:8:09).

The university is an $11.5bn project and construction began in February. Saudi Oger and the Saudi Binladin Group having been awarded the main contracts. The project is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2012. It will have capacity for 26,000 students and the site will cover 8 square kilometres.

In September, the university awarded a $10.6m contract for medium voltage cables to the local Middle East Specialised Cables Company’s (Mesc) Jordanian subsidiary Mesc Fujikura Cable Company.