Hitachi ABB Power Grids Commissions UHVDC Transmission Link in India

Highlights :

  • Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India has commissioned the longest UHVDC transmission links for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.
  • This transmission link will help India to achieve 2030 target for 450 GW RE capacity.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India has announced the successful commissioning of one of India’s longest ultra-high voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission links for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited.

A +/-800 kilovolt (kV), 6,000MW transmission link that connects Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, with Pugalur, Tamil Nadu, and stretches over 1,800 kilometers. Notably, this transmission link can meet the electricity needs of more than 80 million people, and it supports the Indian government’s mission and the UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 7 of increasing access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.

This transmission link can help India to achieve its 450 GW Renewable Energy target for 2030. According to the Hitachi ABB Power Grids, it has worked with the customer, government agencies, local authorities, and suppliers to deliver the link during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A consortium of Hitachi ABB Power Grids and Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL)- a state-owned engineering and manufacturing firm, won the order for the transmission from Power Grid Corporation of India Limited in 2016.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids has taken the responsibility for delivering the UHVDC converter stations, including design, engineering, construction, installation, and commissioning. It also supplied the major equipment, including 800 kV converter transformers, converter valves, high-voltage products, and control and protection technology.

Speaking of the completion of the project, Managing Director and CEO, Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India Mr. N Venu stated, “With the commissioning of this groundbreaking UHVDC link, we have kept our promise to enable more clean and reliable power for millions of people, helping to build a future where electricity will be the backbone of the entire energy system. During the entire project, the health and safety of our customers, employees, and partners remained our top priority.”

“We strive to be a socially responsible business. Supporting society and protecting our people is at the center of our operations,” he added.

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Bhoomika Singh

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