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ABB will supply a substation and heavy-duty gas-insulated switchgear for Dubai’s two man-made islands, dubbed the “eighth wonder of the world”.

Under the terms of the $30m contract signed with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, ABB will design, manufacture, erect, test and commission a turnkey switching station. It will also provide a 132kV gas-insulated switchgear, protection panels, electrical and mechanical auxiliary equipment and 20km of 132 kV XLPE cable. ABB will oversee all necessary civil works and will complete the work in 12 months.

The Jumeirah and Jebel Ali islands will accommodate dozens of luxury hotels, exclusive villas and apartments, marinas and shopping centres when completed in 2007. The islands are visible from space and are made of some 100 million cubic metres of rock and sand, increasing Dubai’s shoreline by 120 kilometres.

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