Siemens equips gas-insulated high-voltage switchgear in Saudi Arabia

Siemens won an order for the delivery of 111 switch panels that will be used to meet Saudi Arabia’s growing demand for electricity.

The switch panels will be installed in a total of five gas-insulated high-voltage switchgear (GIS). The order marks Siemens’ entry into the direct engineering, procurement and construction business for GIS systems in Saudi Arabia and is valued at more than $116 million.

The customer is Alfanar Construction, the general contractor in charge of building the turnkey stations for the state-run energy provider Saudi Electricity Co. The switch panels will begin shipping in the second half of 2015.

The scope of supply includes 111 single-break circuit breakers from the 8DQ1-GIS switchgear series. This system features a compact design and has a standard panel width of 2.20 meters, making it the smallest switchgear in the 380 kV range.

The GIS switchgear are destined for the five 380-kV stations (Qurayyat, Tabarjal, Al-Jouf, Arar and Waad Al-Shamaal) in Saudi Arabia’s northern Al-Jouf region. The power grid in this region is to be further expanded due to growing demand. The 8DQ1 system is manufactured in Siemens’ Berlin switchgear plant.

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