The Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation Limited (TANTRANSCO) has awarded three contracts to Alstom T&D India to help strengthen grid infrastructure in the state.

Under the contract, valued at €30m (INR2, 400m), Alstom will supply three air-insulated substations to the state of Tamil Nadu to establish a reliable grid.

The scope of the contract includes establishing a 400 / 230 / 100kV air-insulated substation at Rasipalayam, connecting Tamil Nadu’s transmission network to the national grid, and two 230 / 110kV air-insulated substations each in Vyasarpadi and the Omega industrial estate, both near Chennai.

Alstom will supply 62 air-insulated bays, two power transformers, eight auto-transformers and other equipment, from its manufacturing facilities across the country.

"Alstom will supply 62 air-insulated bays, two power transformers, eight auto-transformers and other equipment."

Alstom T&D India managing director Rathin Basu said: "Alstom is proud to play a key role in the transmission network of the state of Tamil Nadu.

"With its advanced transmission technologies and strongly localised manufacturing footprint, Alstom T&D India is ready to support the state government’s plans to strengthen the transmission network backbone, and to distribute quality power efficiently to the consumers."

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Energy consumption in Tamil Nadu has grown at 6% a year between 2004 and 2011, and is estimated to grow another 7% during the 12th Five Year Plan 2012-2017.

Image: View of an air-insulated substation commissioned by Alstom. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.