ABB Ltd. to Build India’s Longest Power Transmission Link

ABB Ltd. to Build India’s Longest Power Transmission Link

ABB Ltd. ABB, in collaboration with India’s national electricity grid operator, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), will deliver a transmission link, big enough to meet electricity needs of over 80 million people in India. The order, booked in fourth-quarter 2016, is expected to be complete by 2019

The $640-million project strengthens ABB Ltd. ’s HVDC track record in India, where it had introduced the technology almost two decades ago. The Raigarh-Pugalur project is ABB’s sixth HVDC project in India and the second UHVDC installation. Previously, this Zürich, Switzerland-based company had also won the multi-terminal North-East Agra link, which is currently in its final phase of completion.

The Raigarh-Pugalur 800 kilovolt (kV) ultra-high-voltage direct current (“UHVDC”) system is a 1,830 kilometer (km) link and will link Raigarh in Chhattisgarh to Pugalur in Tamil Nadu. It will have a capacity of 6,000 megawatts and can integrate thermal and wind energy for transmission of power. Per the latest deal, ABB will supervise the design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning for this project. It will also supply major equipment, including transformers, converter valves, cooling systems and so on.

Net worth of the project is $840 million and the remainder of the work will be executed by one of India’s largest public sector company and ABB’s consortium partner – BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited). ABB firmly believes that it will be able to execute this project smoothly, based on its extensive local manufacturing and engineering base in India. Read more

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