Spanish win power contracts

26 September 2003
A Spanish consortium has been awarded a Eur 300 million ($343 million) contract to install transmission lines and build substations as part of a programme to upgrade the country's power infrastructure and link Libya's electricity network with that of Tunisia. The client, power secretariat General Electricity Company of Libya (Gecol), awarded the contract on 15 September, during the official visit to Libya by Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar.

Seville-based Instalaciones Inabensa will join forces with Cobra Instalaciones & Servicios to undertake the two packages. The main element covers the construction of four 400/220-kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations at a total cost of Eur 215.6 million ($247 million).

In addition, Inabensa and Cobra will install a 400-kV high-voltage transmission line stretching 500 kilometres between El-Raweis and Wadi al-Rabia. Within the protective casing of the line, the Spanish groups will also install a fibre-optic cable, connecting it to telecoms equipment along the route. Total costs for this stage are put at Eur 85.5 million ($98 million).

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