Global manufacturer of electrification products and power grids ABB has secured two orders worth a total of $715m for a long distance power transmission link in India and Brazil.
In India, the company has partnered with the country’s national electricity grid operator Power Grid Corporation of India (POWERGRID) in a project worth more than $640m.
As per the terms of the agreement, ABB will establish an 800 kilovolt (kV) ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) system transmission link between Raigarh in Central India to Pugalur in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
This new link is reported to provide electricity to nearly 80 million people in the region.
ABB's chief executive officer (CEO) Ulrich Spiesshofer said: “ABB is honoured to partner with POWERGRID for this smart long distance transmission project.
“Delivering reliable electricity to India’s energy demand centres is a top priority for the Indian Government to support the country’s impressive growth momentum.
“ABB has been strongly committed to India for more than a century and with this new long distance transmission link, we are delivering the benefits from the Energy Revolution to the country building on the strength of our strong local manufacturing footprint.
“With our state-of-the-art UHVDC technology, we enable the balancing of renewable and conventional electricity supply over long distances in a smart and reliable way.”
The new link will cover a distance of 1,830km and is reported to be one of the longest in the world. It will have a capacity of 6,000MW, which will be equivalent of more than six large power plants.
In Brazil, ABB has secured a deal from Belo Monte, worth around $75m, for supplying advanced converter transformers for its 800kV UHVDC transmission link.
The new 2,518km link will be transmitting power generated from the Xingu substation in the north of Brazil to the Rio Substation in the southeast.
It will be capable of transporting up to 4,000MW of electricity, which would be enough to cater power requirements of around ten million people.
Image: ABB secures two major deals in India and Brazil. Photo: courtesy of ABB.