ABB wins $40 million substations order in India

Linking generation hubs to high demand centers improving power capacity and stability

Zurich, Switzerland, Nov. 2, 2010 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order worth $40 million from PMC Project (I) Private Limited to supply three new substations for Maharashtra Eastern Grid Power Transmission Company Limited (MEGPTCL). The order was booked in the third quarter.

The new 765 kilovolt (kV) and 400 kV substations near Akola, Koradi and Tiroda in the western Indian state of Maharashtra will transmit power from generation hubs to major centers where power is most needed, and also strengthen the regional transmission network.

“This order supports the development of 765 kV power infrastructure in India, enhancing transmission capacity and efficiency to help meet the growing demand for power,” said Peter Leupp, head of ABB’s Power Systems division. “These substations will also strengthen grid reliability and improve power stability in the region.”

ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply and commissioning of the 765 kV and 400 kV air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substations. The switchyards will also be equipped with IEC 61850 compliant automation, control and protection solutions, which enable the development and integration of intelligent power networks. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2012.

Substations are key installations in the power grid that transform voltage levels and facilitate the safe and efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. They include equipment that protects and controls the flow of electrical power, enhancing grid reliability.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people.

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