Alstom is further strengthening its position in the field of ultra high voltage (UHV) power transmission as it collaborates with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (Powergrid) to introduce 1200 kV alternating current (AC) transmission equipment in India.
In June 2011, Alstom Grid, through its Indian subsidiary Areva T&D India Limited*, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Powergrid to provide Ultra High Voltage technology for Powergrid’s upcoming 1200 kV UHV AC National Test Station at Bina in Madhya Pradesh province.
The development of this test centre will facilitate field testing of equipment prior to commercial deployment of the technology in the Country’s first 1200 kV Ultra High Voltage AC transmission system, at Bina.
According to the MoU, Alstom Grid will provide 1200 kV capacitor voltage transformers (CVTs), disconnectors and digital current transformers. All these high-end products have been developed, manufactured and tested locally in the world class factories at Hosur and Padappai (Chennai).
President of Alstom Grid, Mr Gregoire Poux-Guillaume commented, “The development of advanced technologies and strong local support of our customers have long been at the heart of Alstom’s strategy, particularly in India. We are proud to support Powergrid and India in their ambitious step towards the world’s first 1200 kV electrical grids, by delivering ultra-high voltage technologies from our Indian facilities.”
The high voltage activities described in this press release are under the operational control of Alstom Grid and carried out in India through Areva T&D India limited, a company publically listed on the stock exchanges of India.
On 7 June 2010, the global activities of AREVA T&D were acquired by a consortium of Alstom and Schneider Electric. Following this acquisition, the High Voltage Transmission and the Power
Electronics activities are to be carried on under the control of Alstom and the Medium Voltage activities under control of Schneider Electric.
In India on 3 December 2010, following the conclusion of a mandatory tender offer, Alstom and Schneider Electric announced that they had assumed operational control of AREVA T&D India. The respective businesses will now be segregated in terms of a scheme of arrangement through a court process.
However, Areva T&D India will continue to operate under the Areva T&D name until the appropriate judicial process, according to Indian regulations, have been completed.
Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), the Central Transmission Utility (CTU) of India, was incorporated on October 23, 1989, with the mission of “Establishment and operation of regional and national power grids to facilitate transfer of electric power within and across the regions with reliability, security and economy on sound commercial principles. The Company has established a transmission network of about 82,500 circuit km and 135 sub-stations having more than 92,000 MVA of transformation capacity.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world. It provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,500 people in 100 countries and had sales of €20.9 billion in 2010/11.
Alstom Grid has over 100 years of expertise in electrical grids. Whether for utilities or electro-intensive industries or facilitating the trading of energy, Alstom Grid brings power to their customers’ projects. Alstom Grid ranks among the top 3 in electrical transmission sector with an annual sales turnover of over €4 billion. It has 20,000 employees and over 90 manufacturing and engineering sites worldwide. At the heart of the development of Smart Grid, Alstom Grid offers products, services and integrated energy management solutions across the full energy value chain—from power generation, through transmission and distribution grids and to the large end user.
Emmanuelle Helleux (Alstom Grid) – Tel : +33 1 47 01 70 87