Alstom announces $500m India contract
Power firm set to build 800kV UHVDC system in Champa and Khurukshetra
Alstom has announced that it has been awarded a US $500 million contract to construct a 800kV 3GW Ultra High Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) System to connect India’s Champa and Khurukshetra. The firm, revealing the deal at a press conference during CIGRE in Paris, is set to help connect Central and Northern India through an ‘energy highway’ through a 1,365 km transmission line.
The firm will provide 800kV UHVDC thyristor valves, 32 convertor transformers, 400/220 kV gas and air insulated switchgear and substation equipment. The contract includes project management, design, engineering and manufacture.
“Alstom’s recent technological advances in HVDC, be it with 800kV Line Commutated Convertor (LCC) or Voltage Source Converter (VSC) technology, demonstrate the Group’s commitment to continuous developments in the Ultra High Voltage energy sector. We are very pleased to have been selected by Power Grid India as they are one of the world leading transmission utilities in terms of vision and application in the domain of Supergrids,” said Alstom Grid President Gregoire Poux-Guillaume.
Poux-Guillaume told the conference that the deal was the “second most significant contract the firm had won”; second only in size to the firm’s recent work in Qatar.
Alstom has extensive and growing experience in the HVDC sector, most notably with the Rio Madeira project it currently has underway in Brazil – set to be the world’s longest HVDC link at 2,375km when commissioned in 2013.
The firm also recently refurbished the HVDC convertor stations connecting the UK and France, allowing for up to 2GW of power to be shared between the two countries on an interconnection originally installed in 1986.