ABB executes its largest substations project in India

2012-04-03 - ABB recently won an order to build 765 kilovolt (kV) and 400 kV substations for ICI-C&C Mainpuri JV, a joint venture between Isolux Corsan India Engineering and Construction Private Ltd. and C&C Constructions Ltd. The ICI-C&C Mainpuri JV is executing this grid infrastructure project on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis for Uttar Pradesh Power Transmission Corporation Limited (UPPTCL), the state transmission utility. This is the largest transmission substation project of its kind for ABB in India.

The central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is experiencing peak power shortage and plans are afoot to boost the existing generation capacity by 6480 MW. This additional power will be integrated into the transmission grid at a voltage level of 765kV and 400kV, to augment supply to the western and central load centers.

As part of the turnkey project, ABB will be responsible for the design, engineering, supply, associated civil works , installation and commissioning of a 765 kV air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substation, two 400 kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations and two 400 kV AIS substations.

Some of the key products to be supplied include power transformers and reactors, 400 kV, 220 kV and 132 kV GIS, a range of ultrahigh- and high-voltage AIS circuit breakers and instrument transformers. The units will also be equipped with the latest IEC 61850 substation automation systems to facilitate open communications between the numerous control and protection devices within the stations and enable remote monitoring and control. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2013.

“These substations will contribute to the development of India’s 765 kV and 400 kV power infrastructure and enhance transmission capacity to help meet growing demand for electricity and support economic growth in the country,” said Oleg Aleinikov, head of ABB’s Substations business within the Power Systems division. “They will also facilitate grid reliability and improve power stability in the region.”

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    Picture of a similar 765 kV switchyard with air-insulated switchgear
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