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GE commissions Pole 3 of UHV line in India

Nov 15, 2019
Misc
Posted by Patrick Haddad

GE’s Grid Solutions has announced a new milestone in its Champa-Kurukshetra ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) project in India with the 1,305-km link now capable of transmitting 4,500 MW of electricity.

This follows the recent successful energization of the third of four poles planned for the ±800kV UHVDC transmission line.

A special feature of the Champa project is the use of an overhead line with a dedicated metallic return, which uses a neutral conductor as a part of the DC circuit. GE is the first company in the world to demonstrate this technology with this project.

The transmission line is a crucial component of the Indian government’s electricity-for-all initiative and will help provide reliable electricity for millions of people living in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and surrounding areas. The project is being executed by GE T&D India Limited, the listed entity of GE’s Grid Solutions business in India.

New government initiatives and robust private-sector investments have reversed India’s longstanding power deficit. With the growing renewable energy market, the nation now boasts an installed capacity of over 360 gigawatts (GW), making it the third-largest electricity producer in the world. However, to meet the government’s vision of power-to-all and to ensure last mile connectivity, continuous development of a robust transmission network is vital for the country.

Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (POWERGRID), India’s largest state-owned transmission company, is helping address this issue by connecting the power deficit northern Indian region with power surplus regions of eastern India using GE’s UHVDC technology.

“Thanks to this latest milestone in the GE Champa-Kurukshetra project, India is now transmitting more electricity over this link than any other DC link in India, helping to resolve the supply shortfalls in the north,” said Rajendra Iyer, head of Grid Integrated Solutions at GE’s Grid Solutions. 

Phase 1 of the project, completed in 2017, provided 3,000 MW of transmission capacity. GE’s recent energization of Pole 3 added another 1,500 MW of transmission capacity, marking a key benchmark towards the completion of Phase 2. Once Pole 4 is commissioned, the entire system will transmit 6,000 MW of electricity at 800kV – making the project one of the largest generation-to-consumption transmission systems in the world.

Source/Image: Press release

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