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ABB has signed a contract worth US$30mn with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) for a substation and heavy-duty gas-insulated switchgear to deliver electrical power to the two Palm islands.

Under the terms of the contract, ABB will design, manufacture, erect, test and commission a turnkey switching station, and supply a 132kV gas-insulated switchgear, protection panels, electrical and mechanical auxiliary equipment, and 20km of 132kV XLPE cable.

ABB will also take care of all necessary civil works, and complete the contract in 12 months. Says Peter Smits, head of ABB’s Power Technologies division, “ABB’s advanced substation and switchgear solutions will ensure reliable delivery of power to this high-profile project.”

Visible from space, the palm-shaped Jumeirah and Jebel Ali islands will house hotels, villas and apartments, marinas, shopping malls and recreational facilities when completed in 2007.

The artificial islands will be made of about 100mn cubic metres of rock and sand, and increase Dubai’s shoreline by 120km.