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GE to Augment Renewable Power Evacuation in Rajasthan, India

GE to Augment Renewable Power Evacuation in Rajasthan, India

New Delhi, India and Paris, France -- February 06, 2020:  GE’s Grid Solutions business (NYSE:GE) announced today that it has been awarded a contract in India for the construction of 765-kiloVolt (kV) Gas-Insulated Substation (GIS) bays at Phagi in the Jaipur district of Rajasthan, India’s largest state by area. The contract has been awarded by  Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), an Indian state-owned company that transmits about 50% of the total power generated in India on its transmission network.

This is GE’s first 765-kV GIS order from PGCIL. The scope of the project includes the end-to-end commissioning of the GIS bays, including substation automation and relay panels. The bays will be an extension to an existing GE 765-kV substation at Phagi, using air-insulated switchgear (AIS) technology. The project will be executed by GE T&D India Limited – GE Grid Solutions’ listed entity in India.

Once the 765 kV GIS bays are installed at Phagi, the state will be able to evacuate around 1,000 megawatts (MW) of additional renewable energy from these solar plants . This additional capacity will result in the effective utilization of more green energy by the state and lower reliance on coal as the source of power generation.

Rajasthan, located in northern India, has a population of around 68 million people. The State receives maximum solar radiation intensity in India with very low average rainfall. It also has desert and uncultivated land in abundance making it ideal for wind and solar energy generation. Due to these geographical and environmental advantages, Rajasthan is emerging as a leader in renewable energy generation among Indian states.

The State is aiming for 37.5 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy generation by 2025, up from about 7.6 GW today. Of this amount, grid-connected solar projects are expected to account for 24 GW; wind for about 4 GW and hybrid sources for the remaining generation. The efficient evacuation of this renewable energy requires the latest grid technology and infrastructure designed to easily integrate with the rapidly transforming national grid.

Pitamber Shivnani, President & CEO, GE Grid Solutions South Asia, said: “GE T&D is proud to partner with the PGCIL, which is working consistently towards achieving the Indian government’s target of 175 GW of renewable capacity by 2022. GE is committed to addressing the growing energy demand of Rajasthan, thereby contributing to the government’s vision of providing 24/7 access and supply to all electricity consumers. As the contribution of renewable energy increases in the overall energy mix of the country, this Gas-Insulated Substation extension will further strengthen the grid evacuation infrastructure and improve electricity access for important demand centers in the state.”

Green Energy Corridor Transmission System . These include an extension of a 765-kV AIS substation, as well as a new 400 kV/220 kV Gas-Insulated Substation (GIS) at Bhuj. GE has also installed a 765-kV AIS substation in Bhadla Solar Park to evacuate power. The park is one of the largest solar parks in India spread over a total area of 40 square kilometers.

GE’s GIS technology is one of the most advanced substation technologies in the world and requires up to 70% less land for installation compared with Air Insulated Substations (AIS). The technology will offer several benefits for Rajasthan’s grid, including smarter networks, condition-based maintenance and greater load control to prevent outages. The equipment required to construct the substations, including the GIS, will be locally manufactured and supplied from GE Grid Solutions’ state-of-the-art factories located at Padappai and Pallavaram in Chennai, India.