ABB has been awarded a multi-million contract to construct a 400kV gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation at Kolhapur in Maharashtra, India.


Awarded by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), the $18m contract covers design, engineering, supply, installation and commissioning of the substation that will help strengthen the inter regional grid between the western and southern regions.

Key product supplies include the 400kV GIS, shunt reactors, as well as control and relay panels based on IEC 61850 platform.

ABB Power Systems division Substations business head Oleg Aleinikov said the substation will enhance power transmission to the southern region and increase the inter regional transfer capacity.

"ABB’s latest GIS technology will help reduce the substation’s footprint significantly, while ensuring efficiency and reliability," Aleinikov added.

ABB’s latest generation GIS has a compact, modular and eco-efficient design, facilitating reduction in product volume, footprint and weight, while enhancing eco-efficiency.

The project is scheduled to complete in 2016.

ABB has earlier supplied several GIS substations to PGCIL, and has recently commissioned the 765/400kV substation at Sholapur, ahead of schedule.

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