BHEL in consortium with ABB wins $353 million order from PGCIL
SUMIT KUMAR
March 24th, 2011
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The public sector Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) in consortium with Swedish firm ABB had won a breakthrough order from the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited for ± 800 KV; 6,000 MW HVDC Multi-Terminal System Package associated with the NE/ER-N/WR Interconnector-1 project. This will be the  world’s first ± 800 kV, 6,000 MW Ultra High Voltage Multi-terminal DC transmission link.

The link comprises three converter terminals and a power transmission system with a built-in capacity of up to 8,000 MW. The use of Ultra High Voltage (+ 800 kilovolt) minimises transmission losses.

The North-East Agra U HVDC link will have a capacity to transmit up to 6,000 MW of clean hydroelectric power from the North-East Region of the country to Agra across a distance of 1,728 km. This transmission super highway will to a large extent ease the ever increasing power shortages in northern India.

The order value for BHEL is $353 million (Rs 1590 crore), making it the largest order for the company in the T&D sector.

The first stage of the system is scheduled to be operational in 2014 and the second stage in 2015.

BHEL, together with ABB, had introduced HVDC technology in the country with ± 500 kV HVDC transmission system between Rihand and Dadri in 1991. Besides the ± 800 kV North-East Agra UHVDC link, BHEL has been instrumental in three out of four HVDC long distance projects undertaken by state/ central utilities so far.

 

These three projects are ± 500 kV, 1,500 MW Rihand – Dadri HVDC Project of NTPC; ± 500 kV, 1500 MW Chandrapur – Padghe HVDC Project of MSEB and ± 500 kV, 2,500 MW Ballia – Bhiwadi Project of PGCIL.

 

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