ABB In­dia to re­in­force Bangladesh power grid

Power Watch India - - DESPATCHES INTERNATIONAL -

ABB In­dia has won an or­der worth around Rs 178 crore from Power Grid Com­pany of Bangladesh Ltd (PGCB), the coun­try’s lead­ing trans­mis­sion util­ity, to sup­port the coun­try’s power in­fra­struc­ture ex­pan­sion and meet its grow­ing elec­tric­ity needs. As part of the pro­ject, ABB In­dia will build two new sub­sta­tions and up­grade two ex­ist­ing sub­sta­tions, all lo­cated in the south-east­ern parts of Bangladesh. The or­der was booked in the first quar­ter of 2017. The de­sign, engi­neer­ing, sys­tem in­te­gra­tion and sup­ply of key prod­ucts will be ex­e­cuted in In­dia, an­other ex­am­ple of mak­ing in In­dia for the world.

The sub­sta­tions will add around 535 MW of trans­mis­sion ca­pac­ity – enough to power more than 250,000 house­holds – and con­trib­ute to the gov­ern­ment’s tar­get of pro­vid­ing ac­cess to elec­tric­ity for its pop­u­la­tion of around 165 mil­lion by 2021. The gov­ern­ment of Bangladesh is work­ing to­wards its ‘Vi­sion 2041’, which out­lines plans to have a strong and de­vel­oped economy by 2041. To achieve this, the coun­try is fo­cus­ing on a steady GDP growth of over 7 per cent. This eco­nomic growth am­bi­tion is also boost­ing the de­mand for elec­tric­ity.

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