ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth about $15 million from Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL), India’s central power transmission utility. The order was booked in the first quarter.
ABB will supply, erect, test and commission 500 megavolt ampere (MVA), 765 kilovolt (kV) autotransformers for the Jabalpur pooling substation, which will receive power from the eastern Indian state of Orissa and distribute it within the central state of Madhya Pradesh. The transformers will be manufactured in India at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Vadodara and commissioning is scheduled for the middle of 2013.
ABB is making a significant contribution to India’s ultrahigh voltage transmission network development, having supplied 765 kV transformers to Power Grid’s Seoni project and currently executing the contract for their Satna substation. The company has previously supplied similar transformers for National Thermal Power Corporation’s Sipat project. ABB has also been entrusted with turnkey substation solutions for Power Grid’s 765/400 kV Bilaspur, Agra, Wardha and Seoni substations.
“These transformers are highly reliable and designed to ensure maximum availability, energy savings and reduced life cycle costs. Our global technologies and extensive local manufacturing and testing facilities enable us to offer competitive, best-in-class solutions,” said Markus Heimbach, head of ABB’s global Transformers business, a part of the company’s Power Products division. “We are pleased to continue supporting the development of the country’s infrastructure and Power Grid’s efforts in building capacity and strengthening the transmission network.”
Transformers are integral components of an electrical grid, and are essential for the efficient and safe conversion of electricity across diverse voltage systems. ABB’s transformer portfolio includes power transformers rated up to 1,000 kV, dry and liquid distribution transformers as well as related services and components.
An autotransformer is an electrical transformer that has a single winding with two end terminals and is often used in power applications to interconnect systems operating at different voltage levels.