GE T&D India Wins Order To Upgrade West Bengal Grid
GE T&D India Limited announced that it received a grid upgradation order from West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company (WBSETCL) that will address the growing energy demand of the state and provide the utility with latest state-of-the-art transmission infrastructure. The order worth approximately INR 900 million that GE won through a competitive bidding process, includes construction of three new 132/33 kilovolt (kV) substations using GE’s advanced Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) technology in Ramnagar, Manbazaar and Birlapur. It also includes an extension of three existing substations at Hurand, Sirakole and Indus by adding two bays each.
With over 11 gigawatts (GW) of generation capacity, West Bengal is working towards improving the availability, reliability and quality of power supply, whilst minimizing transmission and distribution losses. The projects aim at contributing to the state government’s ambition to provide 24X7 supply to all electricity consumers and provide electricity access to all unconnected households of the state. Once completed, the substations will strengthen the intra-regional connectivity and ensure better electricity access to people living near these areas, thereby enabling the state to meet the growing demand for electricity.
“We are proud to continue our 30-year partnership with WBSETCL by providing them with our latest grid technologies to help them meet their growing energy needs in a more efficient way. With over 50% of India’s power managed on GE’s grid technologies, we are helping to meet the needs of the country’s electricity consumers including in West Bengal. The new substations will help the state achieve its objective to provide reliable power for all households 24/7,” said Sunil Wadhwa, Managing Director of GE T&D India Limited.
GE’s GIS technology is one of the most advanced substation technologies in the world and reduces the land requirement to build a substation by up to 70% compared with Air Insulated Substations. It will offer several benefits for West Bengal’s grid, including smarter networks, condition-based maintenance and greater load control to prevent outages. The equipment required to construct the substations, including the GIS, shall be locally manufactured and supplied from GE T&D India’s state-of-the-art factories in Padappai, Hosur and Pallavaram.
GE T&D India has a strong footprint in West Bengal and with the latest contract awarded, the company is executing projects worth over INR 2500 million to upgrade the state’s grid infrastructure. Some of the key ongoing projects include Gas Insulated Substations (GIS) at Burdwan and Salt Lake. GE has been fully committed to modernize the state’s power infrastructure and has already completed projects worth approximately INR 7500 million over the last few years in partnership with the state’s transmission and distribution utilities like WBSETCL, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), and Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation.
- Issued By:WEST BENGAL STATE ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION COMPANY LIMITED
- Bagged By:
- Region:Eastern India
- State:West Bengal
- Value:INR 900 Million
- Published On:2019-09-04