Siemens has secured a contract to upgrade the power distribution grids located in the cities of Amritsar, Jallandhar, Ludhiana, Dehradun and Faridabad in India.

Under the €11m contract, Siemens will implement spectrum power network control system for three Indian utility firms, including Punjab State Power, Uttarakhand Power, and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam.

The company will also install the supervisory control and data acquisition/distribution management system (SCADA/DMS) functions for monitoring and controlling at the grid.

The SCADA is designed to operate and observe, control and monitor energy grids while the associated DMS is used to optimize the distribution grid management.

Capable of being monitored remotely, the spectrum power SCADA/DMS system allows monitoring of network management and the energy flow by grid operators.

Siemens Energy Management Division CEO Jan Mrosik said: "Our SCADA/DMS systems are being successfully used by numerous energy suppliers and grid operators in India, where – among others – our systems reduce the downtimes in the event of blackouts in the grid."

The modernization program, which is currently underway, is intended to boost the quality and availability of the power supply to meet the demands.

The program is also expected to enable real-time monitoring and control of the grids, reduce power losses, load management, load shedding, and efficient handling of disruptions in the grid and its restoration, the company said.

As part of a separate contract, the company is also equipping the power distribution grids of eight cities with SCADA/DMS systems, for the State Electricity Distribution Company, Mumbai.

The systems are expected to improve the availability of the grids and increase the reliability of power supply in the state.