Strengthening the grid for 500-million people


The first step of a two-phased project designed to address the power needs of India’s northern region is now energised. GE Energy Connections has successfully transmitted 1500 MW of power for phase 1 of the Champa ultra high voltage direct current (UHVDC) project. Led by Power Grid Corporation of India, the project will connect reliable, safe, and efficient energy to an estimated 46% of India’s population. This would benefit the people in North India with states such as Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. The country currently uses 6% of the world’s primary energy for its 1,2-billion people. In 2015, the World Energy Outlook estimated that 240-million people in India do not have access to electricity. To meet part of this need, the Champa 800 kV UHVDC project will connect thermal power produced in Chhattisgarh to the north via Kurukshetra, through a 1365 km energy highway. Executed in two phases, the project will transport 6000 MW of power upon full completion. Both phases comprise two poles, each with the capacity to transmit 1500 MW. This is also the first 800 kV scheme in the world to use dedicated metallic return conductors eliminating the need for ground electrodes and increasing the system’s reliability.

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