The Hindu BusinessLine: March, 2014
Mumbai: Avantha Group Company CG has signed a contract with the State Utility of Paraguay - Administracion Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE) for the supply of 19 single and three phase transformers amounting to a total of 683.3 MVA, for expansion of the country’s 220 kV electricity network.
Paraguay is one of the world’s largest exporters of electricity. It exports to neighbouring Brazil and Argentina. CG has been present in South America for the past two decades and is part of the Rs 25,000 crores Avantha Group in India.
CG, which has a consolidated global manufacturing capacity of 95,000 MVA; 46,000 MVA in Asia, 31,000 MVA in Europe, and 18,000 MVA in North America, would manufacture these transformers in India, and supply them in three lots. Spare parts, supervision of installation and commissioning, and on site training, would also be provided.
The contract was won under a competitive international public bidding process, the company said in a statement.
The Paraguayan grid has 1.3 million customers and approximately 32,000 kms of distribution lines. It has been growing at 4 per cent per annum since 2009.
ANDE’s grid also faces difficulty due to distribution losses which are amongst the highest in the region. To assist in reducing those losses, and improving the grid’s energy efficiency, CG recently also won a contract for the manufacture, supply, and installation of 30,000 smart meters in that grid.
As part of its global manufacturing capacity, in the America’s, CG has a greenfield power transformer plant and a distribution and medium power transformer plant with a combined capacity of 10,000 MVA in Washington, Missouri, an 8,000 MVA Power Transformer facility in Winnipeg, Canada, and an Extra High Voltage (EHV) Switchgear and Mobile substation manufacturing facility in Sapucaia do Sul in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.