SSEM in front for Jeddah substations

31 October 2003
Saudi Services for Electro Mechanic Works Company (SSEM)has submitted a low bid of SR 105.5 million ($28.1 million) for the contract to build three 110/13.8-kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations at different locations in the Jeddah area. Other companies that priced the contract by the late October deadline were Europe's ABB, at SR 109.3 million ($29.1 million), and the local Al-Babtain Contracting, at SR 110 million ($29.3 million). The three substations, which are being tendered as one package by the client, Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), will be located in the Wazeriya and Bani Malek areas of the city, as well as east of expressway number 2.

A series of other substation projects in the western region are out to tender. The bid deadline has been extended by two weeks to 10 November for the construction of a 380-kV GIS substation at Shouaiba. Contractors are also preparing to submit bids by 9 December for the construction of three more 110/13.8-kV GIS substations in the greater Jeddah area. Finally, bids are due to go in on 18 November for a 110/13.8-kV GIS substation tender in Mecca.

ABB is the low bidder on the project to build the 110/13.8-kV GIS Al-Ahad station, also located in Jeddah following submission of bids on 29 October. The European firm submitted a price of SR 105 million ($28 million). The local Al-Toukhi Contractingsubmitted the lowest price on 27 October on another Jeddah substation project, the construction of a conventional 110/13.8-kV substation at Muhayil. Al-Toukhi's price was SR 126.8 million ($33.8 million).

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