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Alstom to supply HVDC transformers for Powergrid, strengthening power supply in India

01/04/2014

Alstom T&D India and Alstom Grid UK Limited recently won a €22.75 million (INR 1820 million) contract from Powergrid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) to supply and refurbish High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter transformers. These transformers will strengthen the 1000 MW HVDC station at Bhadrawati in Maharashtra, India, which interconnects and moves surplus power from West India to South India.

The turnkey contract includes designing, engineering, manufacturing, refurbishing, erection and commissioning of HVDC converter transformers (234 MVA, 400 kV). These transformers will be manufactured in Alstom’s facilities in Vadodara, India and in Stafford, United Kingdom.

Populated by over 1 billion people, India sees rapid growth in energy consumption. To balance surplus energy supply with deficits between regions, interconnections were built across India to enable energy exchanges. The Bhadrawati HVDC station, complete in 1997 with Alstom equipment, is one such example that serves as a connection point in West India to bring more power to South India. Under the new contract, Alstom’s technology – HVDC converter transformers – will replace Bhadrawati’s old transformers, and extend the life of the existing substation. This strengthens the transmission link with the southern region, and ensures reliable power supply between the Western and the Southern grid.

Mr. Rathin Basu, Managing Director of Alstom T&D India, said, “Alstom’s future-ready, high quality HVDC products and solutions are pivotal to bulk power transport in India. With our world class transformer facilities across Vadodara, Gujarat and Naini, Uttar Pradesh in India, Alstom offers the widest range of fully localised Alternating Current and HVDC transformer solutions up to 800 kV.” 

About Alstom 

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, 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 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20 billion and booked close to €24 billion in orders in 2012/13. 

Alstom T&D India is a market leader in the Indian power transmission sector. It has over 100 years of expertise in building the transmission infrastructure for the country. Alstom has a strong portfolio of products, solutions and services, comprising the entire range of transmission equipment up to Extra and Ultra High Voltages (765 kV and beyond) including air-insulated switchgear (AIS) and locally manufactured power transformers and gas-insulated switchgear (GIS). It also provides power electronics solutions (HVDC, FACTS) to create super highways and offers highly advanced power management Smart Grid solutions for transmission and distribution including renewable energies integration. With over 3,500 employees and eight world class manufacturing units, Alstom T&D India is future ready to support the rapidly evolving transmission sector in India. 

Press Contacts 

Nathalie Bourotte (Alstom Grid) – Tel: +33 149016217; nathalie.bourotte@alstom.com

Shreyosi Sen (Alstom T&D India) +91 911204731676;  shreyosi.sen@alstom.com 

Websites: www.alstom.com; www.alstom.com/grid