ABB wins $640 million mega deal for long distance transmission link
ABB has teamed up with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PowerGrid) in a mega project worth over $640 million for ABB to deliver a transmission link that will have the capacity to bring reliable electricity to more than 80 million people in India. The Raigarh-Pugalur 800 kilovolt (kV) ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) system will connect Raigarh in Central India to Pugalur in Tamil Nadu. The 1,830 km link will be among the longest in the world. With a capacity of 6,000 MW– the equivalent of more than six large power plants – it will meet the needs of over 80 million. The two-way link will integrate thermal and wind energy for transmission to high consumption centres located thousands of km away, supporting demand in the south when wind strength is low, and transmitting clean energy to the north when there is excess wind power. ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said, “Delivering reliable electricity to India’s energy demand centres is a top priority for the Indian govt to support the country’s impressive growth momentum.”
The project is expected to be completed in 2019.