ABB wins $640m contract for 1800km power transmission link in India

Valve halls like this one will be built for the new UHVDC link in India.

ABB Group has teamed up with India’s national electricity grid operator, Power Grid Corporation of India, for a mega-project worth $640 million.

The company will deliver a transmission link with the capacity to bring reliable electricity to more than 80 million people.

The Raigarh-Pugalur 800kV ultra-high-voltage direct current system (UHVDC) will connect Raigarh, in Central India, to Pugalur, in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.

The 1830km link will be among the longest in the world.

With a capacity of 6000MW – the equivalent of more than six large power plants – it will be enough to meet the electricity needs of over 80 million people in India.

The two-way link will integrate thermal and wind energy for transmission of power to high consumption centers located thousands of kilometers away, supporting electricity demands in the south, when wind strength is low, and transmitting clean energy to the north, when there is excess wind power.

“ABB is honored to partner with Power Grid for this smart long distance transmission project,” ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said.

“Delivering reliable electricity to India’s energy demand centers is a top priority for the Indian government to support the country’s impressive growth momentum.

“ABB is strongly committed to India for more than a century and with this new long distance transmission link, we are delivering the benefits from the Energy Revolution to the country building on the strength of our strong local manufacturing footprint.

“With our state-of-the-art UHVDC technology, we enable the balancing of renewable and conventional electricity supply over long distances in a smart and reliable way.”

The mega-project is expected to be completed in 2019.