Alstom T&D India has secured a INR670m ($11.02m) contract from Power Grid Corporation Limited (PGCIL) for the expansion and modernization of the energy management system of various control centres in north east India.

The control centres comprise North Eastern Regional Load Despatch Centre (NERLDC) and seven other Regional Load Despatch Centres.

Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will be responsible for supply, installation, testing and commissioning of 87 remote terminal units (RTUs) as well as nine control centres.

According to Alstom, RTUs are helpful in collecting data from remote locations to improve network visibility for grid operators.

Scope of the contract also includes provision of e-terraplatform software for data analyses to enable grid operators take decisions in real-time, and enhance grid security.

Upon completion of the energy management system modernization, the NERLDC system operator could anticipate abnormalities and prevent costly outcomes including blackout.

Alstom T&D India managing director Rathin Basu said the company had earlier commissioned three National Load Despatch Centres, three Regional Load Despatch Centres and two datacom networks.

"Seventy per cent of the power flow in India’s electrical grid is managed by Alstom’s smart technologies," Basu added.