ABB delivers substation for 200MW solar park in Dubai

15.02.2017
The substation includes 11 bays of 400 kV and 21 bays of compact 132 kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), power transformers and IEC 61850-based open architecture automation and control systems. (Photo: ABB)
The substation includes 11 bays of 400 kV and 21 bays of compact 132 kV Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS), power transformers and IEC 61850-based open architecture automation and control systems. (Photo: ABB)

The substation for the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park has been successfully energized. ABB was responsible for the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the gas-infused switchgear substation. The project is an essential element of the vision to reach a renewable share of 7 % of Dubai’s energy consumption.

ABB has successfully energized a major substation that will help evacuate power from the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) Solar Park.  The 400/132 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation has been built for Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), the UAE’s leading power utility ,to connect the second phase of the MBR Solar Park. The plant covering 4.5 km2 has a capacity of 200 MW.

Once completed in 2030, the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (MBR) solar park is going to be the world’s largest single-site solar project. By that year it is going to spred across a 70 km2 area and will have a capacity of 5 GW.

The project is a key element of the vision to generate 7 % of Dubai’s power from clean energy sources by 2020; 25 % by 2030, and 75 %. “We are proud to work with DEWA and be associated with this important project. Our state-of-the-art GIS substation will boost transmission capacity and bring clean solar power to the people” said Claudio Facchin, President of ABB’s Power Grids Division.

Philipp Kronsbein / ABB

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