ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has booked an order worth more than Rs 4,000 crore from Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL), to deliver an ultrahigh-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission system. The link will supply hydropower from mountainous North-East India to the populous region of Agra in central India, 1,700 kilometers away.
ABB in India will book over Rs 500 crore of the total order value for local equipment supplies and will additionally contribute to the project with design and engineering services.
ABB will execute the North-East Agra transmission project together with Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL), who will deliver the remainder of the project. The total project is worth about Rs 5,000 crore and will be executed on a turnkey basis including design, system engineering, supply, installation and commissioning. It is scheduled to go into operation in 2015.
The UHVDC link, operating at 800 kilovolts (kV) will have a converter capacity of 8,000 megawatts (MW), the highest ever built. When operating at full capacity, it will have the means to supply electricity to 90 million people based on current figures for average national consumption.
ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. UHVDC transmission is a development of HVDC, a technology pioneered by ABB more than 50 years ago, and represents the biggest capacity and efficiency leap in over two decades.