Web Exclusive | March 2017
ABB restores crucial power infrastructure in record time, wins smart technology award
ABB India has restored and modernised the critical 1,035 MW Sharavathi hydro power plant in Karnataka, which approximately accounts for 25 per cent of the state utility Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd’s (KPCL) power generation. The India Smart Grid Foundation innovation award, recognised ABB India’s efforts by awarding the “smart technology of the year 2016” to this project. “We are delighted to receive this honour. Such projects will be key to realising the objective of India’s National Smart Grid Mission, for customers to reap the full benefits of digitalisation with seamless integration thereby contributing to reliable supply of electricity,” said Ahmad Khan, Vice President, Power Generation and Water, ABB India Limited. KPCL, expected the renovation of its second largest generating station to take two years. Working round the clock, the ABB team with support from KPCL management, helped restore the entire plant – comprising ten units – in just six months. The restoration and modernisation will help lower overall costs generally associated with higher capex and maintenance costs for individual systems like advanced alarm management and remote communication with the state power grid and KPCL headquarters.