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06th Dec. 2011
CG develops indigenous 1,200 kV Transformer - Press Release

Press Release
New Delhi, Dec 6 2011 (PTI - Press Trust of India)


Global electrical solutions provider Crompton Greaves (CG), part of the USD 4 billion Avantha Group, today said it has successfully designed, developed and tested its first indigenous 1,200-kV class auto-transformer.


"The engineering major announced the dispatch of its first 1,200 kV transformer to Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) in Bina, Madhya Pradesh. The transformer was tested successfully in October at CG`s Transformer division in Mandideep, Madhya Pradesh," the company said in a statement.


"After being the pioneer in manufacturing 800 kV Transformers ... CG has proved its excellent technical and manufacturing capabilities yet again," CG Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director Laurent Demortier said.


Globally, the 1,200 kV transformer is limited to a few countries like Russia (1,200 kV), Japan (1,100 kV), Italy (1,050 kV) and China (1,100 kV), the company said.


It added that the country would need 1,200 kV AC, as next transmission voltage for bulk transfer of power of the order of 3,000 to 6,000 MW per line from power generation complexes in east and North-east to load centres located in Northern and Western Regions in line with plans of augmenting power generation capacity.


"The 1,200 kV AC will be the highest transmission voltage (UHV) in the world. To develop this frontier technology indigenously, PGCIL took a lead to establish a 1,200 kV test station at Bina (Madhya Pradesh)," the statement said.


PGCIL collaborated with manufacturers and CG was selected as one of the major partners to develop this equipment and took this opportunity as an R&D project to develop this technology, it added.


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