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Siemens to supply four shunt reactors to Oman Electricity Transmission Company

Reactors will help improve grid stability across transmission lines between the cities of Izki and Ibri

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Siemens, the global technology giant, has announced that it has won a contract to supply four shunt reactors to the Oman Electricity Transmission Company for installation at its 400kV substations in Izki and Ibri cities of the Sultanate.

Shunt reactors are vital components of an efficient, long-distance high-voltage power voltage system. They are used to protect against voltage surges on long transmission lines between power plants and consumption areas.

In a statement, Siemens said that the contract was awarded by Larsen and Toubro (L&T), the Indian engineering and construction firm, to help improve grid stability across the transmission lines between the two cities.

The scope of work for the project includes the delivery of four 400kV, 100MVAr oil-filled shunt reactors at the site, along with the provision of the manufacturing design, engineering, testing and training services, it added.

The reactors are scheduled to be delivered in 2018, with manufacturing taking place in Weiz, Austria, at Siemens’ transformer factory there.

With Oman facing rising demand for electricity, driven by population growth and increased industrial activity in the oil, gas and petrochemical sector, the Oman Electricity Transmission Company has launched a plan that aims to strengthen the main electricity transmission lines across the Sultanate. This will facilitate greater linkage between the country’s energy networks.

“We are delighted to provide our latest grid technologies to help meet Oman’s growing energy needs by strengthening the sultanate’s transmission infrastructure and improving power availability,” said Wolfgang Braun, senior executive vice president of Siemens Energy Management in the Middle East.

“Siemens’ advanced shunt reactors technology will help even out voltage and load variations to deliver reliable, uninterrupted and stable supply of electricity to homes and offices and other facilities in Oman,” he added.

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