ABB (Zurich) has won a US$48 million order in India to design, build and install a new power transmission system that will strengthen the country's power supply. The order, signed with Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd., is to supply a 500-MW high-voltage direct current (HVDC) system that will connect two regional grids, which feed power to millions of consumers in India.

The Vizag II HVDC project will be installed at Gazuwaka, located at Vishakhapatnam on India's southeast coast. Located beside an existing HVDC station, it will increase the capacity for high-voltage power exchange between the eastern and southern power grids by 500 MW. In addition, the system will provide voltage and frequency support for both grids during power disturbances. Vizag II is scheduled for completion and commercial operation by the beginning of 2005.

The order is for project management, civil works and buildings, erection and commissioning and equipment including thyristor valves, converter transformers, and control and protection systems.
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