The upgraded substations will feature customized control and protection technology, which will allow future digitalization.

At each of the 20 substations, ABB will ensure the protection, control, measurement and supervision of power systems by installing its Relion electronic relays.

ABB will also deploy its supervisory control and data acquisition system (MicroSCADA) in six substations for facilitating integration and connectivity between various devices and systems.

The digital substations of ABB that are designed on the IEC 61850 international standard are claimed to offer improved reliability, interoperability and real-time performance.

Previously, ABB started the commercial operations of the Khandukhal substation in the foothills of the Himalayas, integrating the power produced from the rivers in Uttarkhand into the national grid.

ABB Grid Automation business head Massimo Danieli said: “We support India’s Smart Grid vision that is vital to meeting its vast and growing electricity needs by providing our latest digital solutions to increase automation and improve the reliability of power supply.”

“It exemplifies our commitment to bring reliable power to the people and reinforces our position as a partner of choice in enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

Headquartered in Switzerland, ABB employs over 132000 employees and has operations in over 100 countries.