The Economic Times: December, 2014
Kolkata: Alstom T&D India has bagged an order of about Rs 151 crore order from Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd (RRVPNL) to supply a 400/220 kV substation in Bhadla and expand the existing 400/220 kV substation in Bikaner.
The new 400 kV grid substation in Bhadla to be set up by the Indian unit of the French firm will help evacuate power from the Bhadla solar park and other upcoming solar parks in the area, while the expansion of the 400/220 kV substation at Bikaner will facilitate the exchange of solar power generation with the national grid.
Alstom T&D India will design, engineer, manufacture, install and commission the Bhadla 400/220 kV substation, including twenty 400 kV bays and seventeen 220kV bays. The Bikaner expansion project includes supply of eight 400 kV bays, transformers, circuit breakers, control and protection relays and substation automation system.
All equipment will be manufactured and supplied from Alstom T&D India's manufacturing facilities in the country. Rathin Basu, managing director of Alstom T&D India said, "Recent years have witnessed a shift in the energy mix of the country and clean power has never been more important. We have delivered successful projects for RRVPNL in the past and we aim to continue to do so in future.
These projects are part of the state government's initiative to upgrade and scale up the state's transmission infrastructure for the transmission of clean energy to the national grid. Rajasthan is among the few states chosen by the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) as models for the proposed mega solar parks, whose installed solar power capacity is targeted to be increased to 100,000 mw by 2022.