ABB bags $90m substation contract for 5GW solar park in Dubai

EBR Staff Writer Published 04 April 2018

ABB has secured a contract worth over $90m from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) to construct the Shams 400kV substation at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park in Dubai.

The new substation to be built by the Switzerland-based power and automation group will facilitate integration of solar power generated from upcoming phases of the solar park into the Dubai power grid.

It will be the second substation to be built by ABB for the solar park, which aims to generate 5GW of solar power by 2030.

In February 2017, ABB had energized a 400/132kV insulated switchgear (GIS) substation to connect the second phase of the MBR Solar Park and integrate 200MW of solar power to the transmission grid.

ABB power grids division president Claudio Facchin said: “We are proud to work with DEWA and continue to contribute to this landmark project with our state-of-the-art technologies that will boost capacity and bring cleaner solar power to the people.

“Integrating renewables is a key element of our Next Level strategy and our proven track record reinforces our position as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

Under the new contract, ABB will handle design, supply, and installation and commissioning of the Shams 400/132kV substation. Upon its completion, the substation will have a total capacity in the excess of 2,000MVA.

The ABB substation will comprise 400 and 132 kV gas-insulated switchgear, electric transformers, protection, automation and control systems along with surveillance and communication systems.

ABB said that the substation will also be IEC 61850 enabled, which means it can support open communication with all intelligent devices.

The Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park, located 50km south of Dubai, is expected to see a total investment of AED50bn ($13.61bn). After its completion in 2030, the solar park, which will span across 214km2, will provide electricity to 800,000 homes while offsetting more than 6.5 million tons of carbon emissions per year.

Recently, DEWA and its partners started construction on the fourth phase of the solar park, which will see the development of a $3.8bn concentrated solar power (CSP) plant with a capacity of 700MW.

Image: ABB will build a similar substation for the MBR solar park as shown in the picture. Photo: courtesy of ABB.

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