ABB WINS POWER CONTRACT.
BANGALORE -- ABB has been selected by Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) to deliver an ultrahigh-voltage transmission system, worth about $900 million. The link will supply hydropower from northeastern India to the city of Agra over a distance of 1,728 kilometers.
ABB has been chosen to execute the project together with BHEL, which will deliver the remainder of the project worth more than $1.1 billion in total. ABB India will deliver about 15% of the value of the deal, or about Rs 565 crore. The Indian subsidiary of the Swedish-Swiss power and automation technologies major will supply, among other things, switchgear, substations, fibre optic communications systems and capacitors.
The North Eastern region of India has an abundance of hydro power resources, about 65 000 MW. The resources are scattered over a large area, whereas load centres are located several hundreds and even thousands of kilometers away. The plan is to create power pooling points in the North-Eastern region, to collect power from several hydro power stations and to transport it on 800 kV DC bipolar lines to major load centres.