Mumbai: A contract worth Rs 178 crore from Power Grid Corporation of Bangladesh (PGCB) has been bagged by ABB India for setting up two new sub-stations and for the up gradation of two existing ones. This step is in a bid to support the country’s power infrastructure expansion and meet its growing electricity needs.
ABB will build two new sub-stations and upgrade two existing sub-stations as part of the project, which will all be located in the south-eastern parts of Bangladesh. The order was booked between January-March quarters of 2017.
The release said that under the contract, execution of all the design, engineering, system integration and supply of key products will be done in India.
ABB India CEO and Managing Director Sanjeev Sharma said that benefiting from a young grid, Bangladesh has been adopting smart technologies like GIS with ease, to connect households to reliable power. Advanced technology solutions for secure and quality power will enable the country to tap into its potential and catalyze growth in the region.
This will add around 535 MW of transmission capacity to the sub-stations, which is sufficient enough to supply power to more than 250,000 households and help the government achieve its target of providing access to electricity for its population of around 165 million by 2021.
The Vision 2041 of Bangladesh outlines plans to have a strong and developed economy by the year 2041. Sanjeev Sharma added that to achieve this, the country is focusing on a steady GDP growth of over 7 percent. This economic growth ambition is also boosting the demand for electricity. The long-term plan for Bangladesh is to generate 60,000 MW by 2041.
One 132kV/33kV air insulated switchgear substation in Kachua and one 132kV/33kV gas insulated switchgear substation in Kalurghat will be built and commissioned by ABB, and upgradation of two existing 132kV/33kV AIS sub-stations into GIS sub-stations in the Comilla and Modhunaghat areas.
The release also said ABB will also provide sub-station automation systems and fiber optic communications.
News Source: indiatoday.intoday.in
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