French multinational Alstom has secured orders through its unit Alstom Transmission and Distribution (T&D) India for construction of two 220kV and four 132kV air insulated substations (AIS) for Bihar State Power Transmission Company Limited (BSPTCL).

Construction of the substations is being carried out to improve the power transmission system, as part of India’s 12th Five Year Plan to strengthen the state’s 220kV network.

The orders are worth approximately €30m.

These substations will be developed across the state in India to boost the power evacuation systems and strengthen the energy infrastructure.

The 220/132/33kV turnkey substations and the two units of associated 132kV bay extension will be set up in Supaul.

"Construction of the substations is being carried out as part of India’s 12th Five Year Plan to strengthen the state’s 220kV network."

Alstom T&D India will supply control and relay panel for 16 units of 220kV bays, 39 units of 132kV bays and 52 units of 33kV bays, which will be based on the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, along with other auxiliary equipment.

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Alstom will deliver the major equipment from its manufacturing facilities in India.

Alstom T&D India managing director Rathin Basu said: "Bihar is one of the rapidly growing states in India. The state aims to build the transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure for the future in the coming years to transport electricity across the entire state.

"Alstom T&D India is proud to be chosen as the supplier of choice to provide advanced products and solutions towards building the electrical infrastructure of Bihar."

Merely 16.4% of the households in Bihar have access to power, according to the census of India 2011.

The state, with 19 million homes, intends to strengthen its power distribution system with planned investments in the T&D sector.

Image: Air-insulated substations (AIS) by Alstom. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.