Middle East & Africa Vacuum Circuit Breakers Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast (2018 - 2023)
Vacuum circuit breakers are electrical switching devices used on distribution and transmission networks for safety of the equipment and devices. They provide safe and reliable medium-voltage power distribution and stand out for their long service life. There are kind of circuit breakers where the arc quenching takes place in vacuum. They are widely used in industries, like building & construction, utilities, cement manufacturing, mining & metal, etc. The advantage of using a vacuum circuit breaker is that it can be operated frequently or at a place of a multi-breaking short circuit. This technology is mainly used for medium-voltage applications. Normally, medium-voltage circuit breakers are utilized inside switchboards or boards that are situated at the points of the distribution network where the voltage of the electric power is brought down from high to values up to couple of several KV. The consistent requirement for power, stringent demands for operational safety, increase in demand for modular and package substations over remote onshore oil & gas drilling areas, growing need for effective load management, and the need of renewable energy to be connected to the grid are expected to drive the Middle East & Africa vacuum circuit breakers market during the forecast period.
Need for Effective Load Management
Load Management or Demand Side Management (DSM) relies on adjusting the load side of an electrical network to balance the supply of electricity on the network, rather than adjusting the power station output. This method can be used by power utilities to manage peak period demand without relying on peaking power plants. This also helps to avoid the various problems associated with peaking power plants, such as greater emissions, higher generation costs, lower efficiency, etc.
One of the means to implement load management is using circuit breakers, where they can be triggered using frequency sensitive relays, thereby disconnecting the load. This process, known as ‘ripple control’, has already found application in various countries. Load management has become increasingly important in Gulf countries as growing energy demand is scarcely met by electric company’s capacity. Several parts of the countries in Kuwait, UAE faces supply shortage during peak hours. As a countries are planning to reduce the demand supply gap at peak hours, vacuum circuit breakers are expected to used for effective load management.
Increasing Electricity Demand will drive Vacuum Circuit Breaker Market in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia power segment is on the path of development and is on the fast track to keep up with increasing electricity demand. To decrease utilization of oil in the generation of power, Saudi Arabia is planning to upgrade the entire power sector. It is also planning to replace its outdated distribution infrastructure, execute smart grid technology, and promote international connectivity. It is projected that the Kingdom needs to increase its power generation capacity from 77GW out of 2014 to 156GW out of 2040. This converts into installing 5GW limit and distribution infrastructure each year, through 2020. To accomplish this, the administration is expected to make a yearly venture of roughly USD 5 billion in generation and USD 4 billion in distribution. The expansion of transmission and distribution network is expected to drive the vacuum circuit breaker market in Saudi Arabia.
The major players include - ABB Ltd, Eaton Corporation, Toshiba, Schneider Electric, Siemens Ltd, Hawker Siddeley Switchgear Ltd, amongst others.
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