ABB to develop 1,200 kilovolt transformer pilot in India

Ultrahigh voltage AC transformer pushes technology frontiers and builds on innovation heritage

Zurich, Switzerland, Oct.24, 2011 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL), to develop, design and manufacture a 1,200 kilovolt ( kV ) single phase ultrahigh voltage (UHV) alternating current (AC) power transformer, locally in India. The transformer will be deployed at PGCIL’s national test station currently under construction at Bina in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

India is adding significant generation capacity to meet growing power needs,. which in turn is driving the development of transmission infrastructure on a large scale. Connecting regional networks across the country is part of the vision to balance areas of surplus and deficit. A 1,200 kV transmission system is now being planned to supplement the existing 400 kV and 800 kV transmission grid, with significantly higher load capacity to carry up to 8,000 megawatts (MW) of power. This will be the highest AC voltage level in the world.
In line with this vision, PGCIL, India’s national transmission utility, is planning a 1,200 kV AC interconnecting grid. As part of this initiative, it is constructing a national 1,200 kV test station at Bina where it willl carry out field tests and evaluation of various transmission and distribution equipment, including ABB’s transformer, before deploying the technology for commercial purposes.

“ABB is already making a significant contribution to India’s ultrahigh voltage transmission network development, having supplied several 765 kV transformers,” said Markus Heimbach, head of ABB’s Transformers business, a part of the company’s Power Products division. “We are pleased to push the frontiers of technology further and continue to partner PGCIL, a long-standing customer, in the development of the country’s power infrastructure.”

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 130,000 people.

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