ABB wins $640 mil­lion mega deal for long dis­tance trans­mis­sion link

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES NATIONAL -

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.

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