Hitachi ABB Power Grids Gets USD 17 Million Order From Leading Aluminium Producer BALCO


Hitachi ABB Power Grids in India has won an order worth Rs 124 crore (USD 17 million) from leading aluminum producer Bharat Aluminum Company (BALCO) to strengthen its power infrastructure at its Korba plant in Chhattisgarh.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is a global technology leader with a combined heritage of almost 250 years, employing around 36,000 people in 90 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, the business serves utility, industry, and infrastructure customers across the value chain, and emerging areas such as sustainable mobility, smart cities, energy storage, and data centers.

According to the order details, technology pioneer Hitachi ABB Power Grids will deliver fully engineered 400-kilovolt gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substations. This will replace an existing apparatus to better assimilate the power from aluminum producer Bharat Aluminum Company’s captive generation plants. The replacement will result in delivering the power efficiently to the Korba aluminum smelter.

The company will equip the substations with its advanced MicroSCADA automation solution in order to monitor and control the aluminum producer’s grid in real-time and to ensure maximum power availability. Hitachi ABB will also deploy its industry-leading 500-megavolt ampere power transformers in order to enhance grid efficiency and safety.

The GIS substation provides space savings of as much as 60 percent compared to conventional switchgear by virtue of 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 aluminium is forecast to reach 10 million tonnes 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, the 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’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.

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