Energy Alstom to Build Phase 2 of 800 kV Champa–Kurukshetra UHVDC link
Alstom has been awarded € 400 million (INR 32500 million) in contracts to build Phase II of the Champa–Kurukshetra Ultra-High Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) link in Northern India, by Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL).
New Delhi/India - The new ±800 kV, 3000 MW transmission link will run in parallel with the first UHVDC transmission link awarded to Alstom in 2012, increasing the total transmission capacity of the advanced UHVDC system to 6000 MW. Phase II of this UHVDC system will complete the 1,365 km long “energy highway” between Champa in central India and Kurukshetra in northern India. It will transfer clean, bulk power efficiently from the Chhattisgarh region - a hub of Independent Power Producers of thermal power - to the load centre in the northern region of the country.
Alstom will build two ±800 kV, 3000 MW converter terminal stations, and design, manufacture and deliver on a turnkey basis ±800 kV UHVDC thyristor valves, 32 converter transformers, 400 kV gas-insulated switchgear, substation equipment, and communication and supervisory control and data acquisition systems (SCADA). The project also covers the commissioning and successful operation of both the terminal stations and their integration with Champa – Kurukshetra Line 1 bipole (from Phase I), currently under construction. All equipment will be manufactured by Alstom’s facilities in India, United Kingdom, France and Italy.