ABB technology to support power grid expansion in Bahrain

ABB technology to support power grid expansion in Bahrain

ABB substation and switchgear will support power infrastructure development and serve growing urban centers

ABB has won an order from the Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) in Bahrain, supporting its ongoing efforts to develop electrical and water infrastructure to serve the country’s urban expansion and economic development.

As part of the country’s Transmission Development initiative, ABB will design and install three 220/66 kilovolt (kV) gas insulated switchgear (GIS) substations at Addari, Janub Madinat Hamad and Durat al Bahrain, and extend the Ad Dur substation to add capacity to Bahrain’s power transmission network. This will help address growing electricity demand.

Key product supplies for the projects include high voltage GIS as well as medium and low voltage switchgear, as well as ABB AbilityTM enabled technology such as substation automation and Relion® Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) for control and protection. In addition ABB will also deliver the telecommunication system for the project. GIS technology provides a reliable solution with a compact footprint that allows up to 90 percent space saving compared to conventional air-insulated switchgear. This enables substations to be built within urban areas where land is scarce and costly.

“This milestone project emphasizes our commitment to growth markets like Bahrain and reinforces ABB’s technology, portfolio and execution strengths,” said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids division. “We are pleased to help bring power to consumers in the country as a partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

ABB pioneered GIS technology 50 years ago and continues to drive innovations in this space. In a power system, gas insulated switchgear controls and protects the network from power outages, ensuring a reliable electricity supply and safe operation in confined spaces and harsh environments. ABB has installed more than 30,000 GIS bays worldwide, and is still introducing significant technological advances, such as higher transmission capacity with minimal losses, ever smaller footprint, and power ratings from 72.5 kV to 1,200 kV. ABB’s latest offering is digitally capable and includes the world’s first GIS to use an eco-efficient gas insulating mixture.

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