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ABB has teamed up with Power Grid Corporation of India Limited in a mega project worth over Rs 4,350 crore for ABB to deliver a transmission link that will have the capacity to bring reliable electricity to more than 80 million people. The Raigarh-Pugalur 800 kilovolt (kV) ultrahigh-voltage direct current (UHVDC) system will connect Raigarh in Central India to Pugalur in Tamil Nadu.
The 1,830 km link will be among the longest in the world. With a capacity of 6,000 MW — the equivalent of more than six large power plants — it will be enough to meet the electricity needs of over 80 million people in India. The two-way link will integrate thermal and wind energy for transmission of power to high consumption centres located thousands of kilometers away, supporting electricity demands in the south, when wind strength is low, and transmitting clean energy to the north, when there is excess wind power.
The total project value is worth more than Rs 5,700 crore and the balance will be executed by ABB’s consortium partner BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited). The order was booked in the fourth quarter of 2016. This mega project is expected to be completed in 2019.