Hitachi ABB Power Grids India along with consortium partner Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has successfully energised the first stage of 6,000 megawatt plus 800 kilovolt ultra-high voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission link connecting Raigarh in central India to Pugalur in Tamil Nadu.
When completed, the 1,800 km two-way transmission line will have the capacity to meet the electricity needs of over eight crore people.
Hitachi ABB said the link will assist India on the journey towards increasing amounts of renewable power by bringing large amounts of renewable energy to the high consumption centres. When wind strength is low, it will support electricity demand in the south and when it is in excess, transmit clean energy to the north.
That is also one of the key initiatives of the government to increase renewable energy capacity to 450 gigawatts in the nation’s electricity mix, and is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goal of affordable and clean energy.