ABB wins $48m power transmission contract in India

8 October 2002 – ABB has won a $48m order in India to design, build and install a new power transmission system that will strengthen the country’s power supply.

The order, signed with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., is to supply a 500 MW high voltage direct current (HVDC) system that will connect two regional grids which feed power to millions of consumers in eastern and southern India.

“We pioneered HVDC technology, and understand customer requirements for projects of this nature,” said Richard Siudek, executive vice president and head of ABB’s Utilities division. “This interconnection will contribute to Power Grid’s phased development of a national grid, while providing the near-term benefit of improved regional power reliability.”

The Vizag II HVDC project will be installed at Gazuwaka, located at Vishakhapatnam on India’s southeast coast. Located beside an existing HVDC station, it will increase the capacity for high voltage power exchange between the eastern and southern power grids by 500 MW. In addition, the system will provide voltage and frequency support for both grids during power disturbances.

Vizag II is scheduled for completion and commercial operation by the beginning of 2005. The order is for project management, civil works and buildings, erection and commissioning and equipment including thyristor valves, converter transformers, and control and protection systems.

ABB has installed more than half the HVDC systems in the world, including projects in North and South America, Africa, China, India, Australia and Europe.

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