GE’s T&D India department has received a Rs 90 crore grid upgradation order from WBSETCL that will address the growing energy demand of West Bengal. GE T&D India announced that it received a grid upgradation order from West Bengal State Electricity Transmission Company (WBSETCL) that will address the energy demand of West Bengal and provide the utility with latest state-of-the-art transmission infrastructure.
The order worth approximately Rs 90 crore that GE won through a competitive bidding process, includes construction of three new 132/33 kilovolt (kV) substations using GE’s advanced Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) technology in Ramnagar, Manbazaar and Birlapur. To address the growing energy demand of West Bengal, the project also includes an extension of three existing substations at Hurand, Sirakole and Indus by adding two bays each.
With over 11 gigawatts (GW) of generation capacity, West Bengal is working towards improving the availability, reliability and quality of power supply, whilst minimizing transmission and distribution losses. The projects aim at contributing to the state government’s ambition to provide 24X7 supply to all electricity consumers and provide electricity access to all unconnected households of the state. Once completed, the substations will strengthen the intra-regional connectivity and ensure better electricity access to people living near these areas, thereby enabling the state to meet the growing demand for electricity.
GE T&D India has a strong footprint in West Bengal and with the latest contract awarded, the company is executing projects worth over Rs 250 crore to upgrade the state’s grid infrastructure. Some of the key ongoing projects include GIS at Burdwan and Salt Lake. GE has been fully committed to modernise the state’s power infrastructure and has already completed projects worth approximately Rs 750 crore over the last few years in partnership with the state’s transmission and distribution utilities like WBSETCL, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC), and Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation.
Earlier, GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business had been awarded a technology-driven grid modernisation project by Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (RRVPL) as part of the utility’s roadmap to implement grid initiatives and augmenting renewable energy in the state, which will benefit the Rajasthan’s population. The project is being executed by GE T&D India, GE’s Grid Solutions listed entity in India.