GE Power’s Grid Solutions business has completed a landmark substation project in Kashmir.

The contract marked the first time the company delivered such a solution under harsh weather and sub-zero temperatures in India.

Situated at an altitude of 1710 metres in the snow-covered hills of Amargarh in the Baramulla block of north Kashmir, GE said the project was implemented “in record time amidst tough conditions”.   

The substation installation is part of the Northern Region System Strengthening 29 (NRSS29) project, awarded to Sterlite Power by the government of India.

The project will provide over half a million citizens with year-round access to reliable power sources and it was led by GE T&D India, the listed entity of GE Power’s Grid Solutions business in India.

“Specially designed vehicles were used to transport the heavy equipment from different locations across India and deliver them safely to the site, overcoming several considerable constraints like narrow tunnels and rough terrains,” said Shailesh Mishra of Turnkey Solutions South Asia at GE Grid solutions. “Transporting the material through Jawahar Tunnel was especially challenging. For transportation of transformers we had to dismantle the entire lighting rail and fixtures of Jawahar tunnel and re-do it within a limited time window.”

Underdeveloped local markets, limited availability of power from the grid and extreme weather conditions all posed significant challenges for the teams.

Sunil Wadhwa, managing director of GE T&D India, said GE was “committed to develop and improve India’s electrical infrastructure to ensure that the citizens have access to consistent and reliable power year-round, no matter what the weather conditions”.

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