Siemens and Sumitomo Electric to supply equipment for the Pugalur -Trichur HVDC system

Siemens Limited in association with Sumitomo Electric Industries Limited has secured an order worth $520 million (Rs 34 billion) from Powergrid to supply equipment for the ±320 kV Pugalur (Tamil Nadu)-Trichur (Kerala) HVDC system. Under the order, Siemens will supply two converter stations with two parallel converters, each rated 1,000 MW, featuring the voltage-sourced converter (VSC) technology. Sumitomo Electric will be responsible for the cross linked polyethylene (XLPE) HVDC cable system in the direct current circuit. The project will be the first HVDC link in India featuring VSC technology and is scheduled for completion by 2020.