GE to build three new substations in West Bengal
GE’s Grid Solutions business has won several grid upgrade contracts for West Bengal, including the construction of three new GIS substations.
The order from West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company (WBSETCL), one of the state’s largest transmission utilities, will address the growing energy demand of the state and provide the utility with the latest state-of-the-art transmission infrastructure.
The order, worth around $10 million, includes the construction of three new 132/33 kV substations using GE’s advanced Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) technology in Ramnagar, Manbazaar and Birlarpur areas of West Bengal.
As well as constructing three new substations, GE Grid Solutions will also be responsible for the extension of three existing substations at Hurand, Sirakole and Indus areas by adding two bays each.
The project will be implemented by GE T&D India Limited, the listed entity of GE’s Grid Solutions business in India.
The demand of electricity in the state has more than tripled in the last decade. With over 11 gigawatts (GW) of generation capacity at present, these new contracts will help West Bengal work toward improving the availability, reliability and quality of power supply, whilst minimizing transmission and distribution losses.
GE’s GIS technology is an advanced substation technology and requires up to 70% less land for installation compared with Air Insulated Substations (AIS).
The equipment required to construct the substations, including the GIS, will be locally manufactured and supplied from GE Grid Solutions’ state-of-the-art factories in India located in Padappai, Hosur and Pallavaram.
Source: T&D World