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.