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National Grid SA has entered into a contract with GE to supply four new electricity substations on a turnkey basis and upgrade four others in the southern region of Saudi Arabia
With a total capacity of 1,933MVA, the substations will enable power delivery to up to 25,000 homes as well as different industries in the region. They will help to strengthen the electricity infrastructure which is a key requirement to improve lives of people in the southern region and also foster economic growth, as defined by the goals of the ambitious National Transformation Program (NTP) and the broader Saudi Vision 2030.
Hisham Al Bahkali, GE CEO for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, said, “Ensuring the delivery of reliable and efficient power is a key focus area of the Saudi National Vision 2030, which aims to drive all-round economic growth. The contract for GE to provide four substations on a turnkey basis and to upgrade four other existing substations will help strengthen the electricity grid that serves the southern region of the kingdom. It will not only deliver more electricity to more homes in the region but also support the focus on industrialisation and economic diversification.”
Mohammed Mohaisen, CEO for GE Energy Connections’ Grid Solutions business in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, added, “This is a milestone agreement as the substations delivered by GE will support SEC in providing reliable power to the homes and industries in the Baish region. Grid Solutions’ technology is redefining the conventional approaches to building and upkeep of the grid through advanced products and services that enable more resilient, efficient and reliable power systems. From the power plant to the power consumer, our ability to optimise flexibility and efficiency of the power grid will contribute to boosting the grid infrastructure of the kingdom.”