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ABB to work on western India's power grid

Energy specialists announce $33m contract for substation construction

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India is facing a massive challenge to meet future power demands. (GETTY IMAGES)
India is facing a massive challenge to meet future power demands. (GETTY IMAGES)

ABB has announced that it has received an order worth around US $33 million from India's NTPC Limited to construct two substations in Maharashtra. The new facilities will help power transmission from new power projects currently underway in the region. India is currently undertaking significant projects to increase power capacity to meet rapidly growing demand. The International Energy Agency has said that India needs to add between 600 and 1,200 GW of power capacity by 2050 to meet future power demand.

The new substations are set to include 17 400kV bays and 14 132kV bays in Solapur, and 12 400kV bays and 8 132 kV bays at the Mauda site. ABB has been tasked with design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the works, and has scheduled the project completion date in 2016. The substations will also be equipped with the IEC 61850 substation automation system.

NTPC is India's biggest utility firm, and has an installed capacity of 36,514 MW in the country. The company provides around 28.6% of India’s electricity needs through coal, gas and joint venture plants.

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