ABB, the leading power and
group, plans to invest
250 crore to build
new facilities in India for manufacturing
products and transformers.
The expansion is part of ABB's
strategy to develop, manufacture
and market products that meet the
needs of Indian customers as well
as serve as an export hub.
The facilities will be located at
Savli near Vadodara, Gujarat, and
produce high-voltage gas-insulated
switchgear, plug and switch
system hybrid switchgear and
dry-type and oil immersed distribution
transformers. The facilities
are expected to be operational by
the end of 2012.
The new transformer factory will
manufacture vacuum cast coil
dry-type transformers and oil
immersed distribution transformers.
It will help to bridge a gap in
the present product offering in
India and extend the distribution
transformer range up to 10 megavolt
amperes, 33kV. It will also
enable localisation of vacuum cast
coil dry-type transformers.
ABB's latest series can offer
space savings of up to 90 per cent
compared to conventional airinsulated
switchgear. Its lowweight,
robust design enables the
equipment to be deployed even in
harsh conditions and enhances
system reliability, efficiency and
minimises maintenance needs.
ABB recently commissioned three
765kV substations for PGCIL in
Wardha (Maharashtra), Seoniand
(Madhya Pradesh) and Bilaspur
(Chhattisgarh) respectively. The
projects form part of PGCIL's
plans for building a strong national
grid by 2012.
From the current interregional
power flow capacity of 27,950
MW, the transmission utility aims
to take the capacity up to, 80,000
MW through four main regional
transmission grids. An extensive
800kV extra high voltage network
will form the backbone of
ABB executed the project on a
turnkey basis with end-to-end
power equipment supply and project
management. The overall project
scope comprised the design,
engineering, manufacturing, testing,
erection and commissioning
of the 765kV and 400kV switchyards,
including civil works.