Hitachi ABB Power Grids to deliver 400 kV substation to BALCO plant

Mar 18, 2021
Posted by Patrick Haddad

Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India has been awarded a project by Indian aluminium producer Bharat Aluminum Company (BALCO) to deliver a 400 kV substation to its plant in Chhattisgarh.  

The technology pioneer is delivering fully engineered 400-kilovolt gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations that will replace an existing apparatus to better assimilate power from BALCO’s captive generation plants, delivering it with efficiency to the Korba aluminium smelter.  

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is equipping the substations with its advanced MicroSCADA automation solution to monitor and control the aluminium producer’s grid in real-time and ensure maximum power availability. It is also deploying its industry-leading 500-megavolt ampere power transformers to further enhance grid efficiency and safety.  

The GIS substation provides space savings of as much as 60 percent compared to conventional switchgear by virtue of its compact, robust and low-maintenance design. The GIS technology can be safely operated in confined spaces for optimal substation layout and superior switchgear performance. 

All the equipment for this project is being manufactured domestically in line with the Government of India’s Make-in-India drive and is aimed at ensuring the plant’s complex smelting operations run smoothly, helping BALCO meet its production enhancement plan.  

This project, worth over $17 million, is part of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ strategy to be a partner of choice for the Indian industrial ecosystem and highlights its long-standing commitment to deliver digital integration and grid connections without compromising on power quality. 

Source: Hitachi ABB

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