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Web Exclusive | October 2012

Siemens ties up with PowerGrid for test lab

Siemens will build India's first 765 Kv test laboratory in Bina, Madhya Pradesh, at a cost of Rs 146.86 crore. The facility is for the National High Power Test Laboratory, a joint venture company formed by NTPC, NHPC, PowerGrid, Damodar Valley Corp and Central Power Research Institute.

Power Grid Corporation is the consultant for execution of the project and CESI Italy is the technical consultant. The laboratory is the initiative of Power Ministry to provide international class on-line high power short circuit test facility in India.

Siemens has signed the contract with PowerGrid for the purpose. The project is expected to be commissioned by next year. Siemens said it will extend its advanced technologies including 765 kv make switch, control and monitoring system and associated sub-stations for 765kv and 400 kv to the project.

AK Dixit, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Sector, Siemens, said that it gives the company an opportunity to further innovate and set a new benchmark not only for India but also for rest of the world. The project is significant for it will provide access to world-class testing facilities locally and will put India on the world stage as an important destination for testing of 765 kv transformers, he added.

The facility is expected to help power equipment manufacturers and national power utilities optimise on cost and time by not seeking international destinations for high power testing.

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