ABB supplies transformers to India's 520-MW Tapovan Vishnugad

India project developer NTPC Ltd. has awarded a contract to power equipment manufacturer ABB to supply transformers for the 520-MW Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric project on the Dhauliganga River in India's Uttarakhand State. Tapovan Vishnugad is to include four 132-MW vertical Pelton turbines, governors, four 144.44-MVa generators, excitation, transformers, valves, cranes, auxiliaries, switchgear, and supervisory control and data acquisition system. ABB announced the Tapovan Vishugad transformer contract along with an NTPC transformer contract for the 1,000-MW Mauda Super Thermal power project. It said both contracts totaled US$30 million. �We have a strong footprint in India, with advanced manufacturing and testing facilities and will source the transformers for these projects locally,� Bernhard Jucker, head of ABB's Power Products division, said April 29. NTPC awarded a 4.28 billion rupee (US$108.7 million) contract in 2007 to Patel Engineering Ltd. of India to build the powerhouse and related civil works of Tapovan Vishnugad. (HNN 10/4/07) The developer previously awarded a (US$61 million) contract to a consortium of Zarubezhvodstroi of Russia and SSJV of India for a 73-meter-long dam, head regulator, diversion works, desilting basin, and part of a headrace tunnel. Indian construction and engineering firm Larsen &Toubro Ltd. and Austria's Alpine Mayreder Bau GmbH received a US$102 million contract to build a headrace tunnel.

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