Bahrain’s Prime Minister, Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, recently launched a $738m power grid development project, aimed to upgrade the energy infrastructure with a new high-voltage power transmission network, Trade Arabia reported.

The project, which consists of four work packages  and includes the building of three electricity transmission lines in Hidd, Um Al-Hassam and Riffa, will be completed by 2017. It is being implemented by the German company Siemens. Prysmian Group, from Italy, and another company from Japan are supplying the transmission lines, while the Korean company, Hyundai, is supplying the transformers.

By his side, according to News of Bahrain, Siemens will introduce an upgraded 400kV network, which will form a reliable and stable backbone for the country’s electricity transmission grid, and cater for increasing electricity demand from population and industrial growth.

Siemens will supply, install and commission the cited three 400/220kV substations, including control and protection, civil works and cable re-routing, to be constructed at Al Hidd, Riffa and Umm Al Hassam.