GE to deliver substation to Saudi desalination plant
Saudi Arabia: In a significant step in support of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s water infrastructure, GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business was awarded a contract by ACCIONA to supply designing, manufacturing, construction and commissioning solution in the Red Sea coastal city of Shuqaiq in Saudi Arabia, home to one of the world’s largest desalination plants.
Through this deal with ACCIONA – part of the consortium leading the development of the project, which includes Marubeni, Abdul Latif Jameel Commercial Development Company and Rawafid Alhadarah Holding Company – GE will provide a 380/132 kV GIS substation, including power transformers, Grid Automation and telecommunication systems that will complete the electricity connection in the Shuqaiq area, providing power to the new desalination plant loads.
Shuqaiq 3, which once completed will be one of the world’s largest reverse osmosis desalination plants, will eventually produce 450,000 cubic meters of water, or enough to fill 180 Olympic-size swimming pools per day.
The plant, which will provide fresh water for over 1.8 million people, is expected to be completed in 2021.