ABB Delivers Dubai Sun

ABB has completed a substation to deliver the electricity generated by a 200MW photovoltaic plant in Dubai.

The 400/132kV gas-insulated switchgear unit, built for local utility Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA), will connect and integrate the second phase of the Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar park with the transmission grid.

The facility is expected to reach 5GW of capacity by 2030, becoming the largest solar plant in the world, ABB said. A 13MW pilot phase was completed in 2013 and the second is expected to start operating this year.

“We are proud to work with DEWA and to be associated with this important project,”  ABB power grids division president Claudio Facchin said. “Our state-of-the-art GIS substation will boost transmission capacity and bring clean solar power to the people.

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