Swiss power and automation technology group ABB has won orders worth $56m from Power Grid Corporation (Powergrid) of India to supply power transformers and shunt reactors for substations.

As part of the order, 14,500MVA, 765kV ultrahigh voltage single-phase auto-transformers will be installed at greenfield substations being constructed in Kanpur and Varanasi to support the country’s ultrahigh voltage transmission grid development.

In addition, ABB will supply 26 units of 80MVAr and ten units of 110MVAr, 765kV ultrahigh voltage single-phase shunt reactors for the four substations being built in the country.

The substations will receive power from Jharkhand and West Bengal states and distribute it in Uttar Pradesh state to meet growing demand in the region.

"The substations will receive power from Jharkhand and West Bengal states and distribute it in Uttar Pradesh state."

ABB’s Power Products division head Bernhard Jucker said, "These transformers and shunt reactors will help enhance grid reliability and ensure the highest standards of efficiency with reduced life-cycle costs. We are pleased to continue supporting India’s efforts to strengthen its transmission infrastructure and improve power availability."

The orders were booked in the fourth quarter of 2013 and in the first quarter of 2014.

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India is investing in its ultrahigh voltage network to strengthen its power transmission grid and ABB is playing a key role in supporting this development through turnkey substation solutions and a range of power products including switchgear and transformers.

Powergrid owns and operates more than 100,000 circuit kilometers of transmission lines and 178 substations in India.

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