Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India has announced it has been awarded a project worth over INR 124 crore by one of India’s top aluminium producers, Bharat Aluminum Company (BALCO), to ensure improved reliability of the power distribution system at its Korba plant in Chhattisgarh.
The company 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 aluminum smelter.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids is equipping the substations with its advanced MicroSCADA automation solution to monitor and control the aluminum producer’s grid in real time and ensure maximum power availability. It is also deploying its 500-megavolt ampere power transformers to enhance grid efficiency and safety further.
The GIS substation provides space savings of as much as 60% compared to conventional switchgear due to 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.
“Domestic consumption of aluminum is forecast to reach 10 million tons over the next 10 years* and key players such as BALCO are preparing to be able to cater to this demand,” said N Venu, CEO and Managing Director, Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India. “In this regard, reliable power supply is critical, and we are very proud to have been chosen by the company as a trusted partner,” he added.
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 is part of Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ strategy to be a partner of choice for the Indian industrial ecosystem to deliver digital integration and grid connections.
Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India operates under the legal entity name ABB Power Products and Systems India Limited and is listed on the National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) and BSE Limited (BSE) as POWERINDIA, Scrip code 543187.
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