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ABB has teamed up with India’s national electricity grid operator Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) in a project worth over US$ 640 million for ABB to deliver a 1,830 kilometre transmission link, with a capacity of 6,000MW, that will have the capacity to bring reliable electricity to more than 80 million people.

The Raigarh-Pugalur 800 kilovolt (kV) ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) system will connect Raigarh in Central India to Pugalur in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The two-way link will integrate thermal and wind energy for transmission of power to high consumption centers located thousands of kilometers away, supporting electricity demands in the south, when wind strength is low, and transmitting clean energy to the north, when there is excess wind power. The total project value is worth more than US$ 840 million and the balance will be executed by ABB’s consortium partner BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited). The project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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