Under the contract, Alstom T&D India will build 400/220kV air-insulated substations at Kudus and Alkud including power transformers, substation automation system and other auxiliary equipment.

The company will also build, on a turnkey basis, a 220/22kV gas-insulated substation with other equipment in Kondhwa.

The substations are expected to boost the 220kV transmission network as part of 12th Five Year plan of Maharashtra, which intends to strengthen the transmission system while improving the power evacuation systems capacity.

Alstom T&D India managing director Rathin Basu said: "Maharashtra is one of the largest transmission networks in India and has a generation capacity of 15,500 MW.

"Alstom T&D India, with its advanced high voltage products and solutions, plays a significant role in building and strengthening the state’s transmission network.

"These contracts reinforce our longstanding association with MSETCL and we aim to support their aim to provide electricity in a secure, reliable and efficient manner."

Image: Alstom-built GIS substation. Photo: Courtesy of ALSTOM 2014.