GE Energy Connections has completed the first phase of a project to bring reliable electricity to India.

The Champa Ultra High Voltage Direct Current project is intended to connect 46 per cent of India’s population to efficient energy.

It is the first 800 kV scheme in the world to use dedicated metallic return conductors, which GE says eliminates the need for ground electrodes and increases the system’s reliability.

Led by Power Grid Corporation of India, the project will connect thermal power produced in Chhattisgarh in the central-eastern part of the country to the north via Kurukshetra, via a 1365 km energy highway.

Executed in two phases, the project will transport 6000 MW of power upon full completion. Both phases comprise two poles, each with the capacity to transmit 1500 MW.

Now GE has announced it has completed the first of these phases and successfully transmitted 1500 MW of power.

 “When we help turn the lights on for India’s northern region, we are improving the lives of over half a billion people,” said Reinaldo Garcia, president for Grid Solutions at GE Energy Connections.