National Grid Saudi Arabia picks Doble Engineering to help grid reliability

National Grid Saudi Arabia has contracted Doble Engineering Co. to help develop and maintain an electric power grid.

The terms and details of this agreement will not be disclosed.

Understanding that transformers are the backbone of its transmission grid, National Grid Saudi Arabia has chosen to leverage Doble's expertise in the condition assessment of these strategic assets.

Doble's global experience, specifically in relation to the understanding and comprehensive evaluation of transformers, will serve as a critical component and the foundation of this program. Doble and National Grid Saudi Arabia will work together to perform an Asset Health Review of nearly 1000 transmission transformers.

The project will use both time-based and predictive maintenance philosophies to enhance grid reliability by detecting and managing problems early on. This partnership also includes the review of testing and maintenance practices, looking for the root cause of historic failures and a comprehensive study of National Grid Saudi Arabia's in-house electrical insulating oil laboratories.

Doble will bring an integrated and experienced team to work hand in hand with National Grid Saudi Arabia's chemists and field testing electrical engineers for this specialized consulting contract. This program will support electrical testing, laboratory testing and diagnostics.

Underscoring this need, the government of Saudi Arabia has announced plans to invest $35.7 billion in water and electricity projects in 2014 alone. The direct financial commitment of the Saudi Arabian government, and projects like the one Doble and National Grid Saudi Arabia have begun, will enable the continued enhancement of Saudi Arabia's infrastructure, greatly improving reliability.

Recognizing the importance of deep organizational development in the region, Doble will maintain a strong presence, working hand-in-hand with the National Grid Saudi Arabia team on implementation. The project will be supported by a team of Doble specialists with extensive transformer experience including design and construction, electrical testing, laboratory analysis and diagnostics.

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