Italy based CESI secures contract for two HVDC converter stations in Tajikistan and Pakistan

Italy-based engineering, consultancy and testing services provider CESI has secured a contract for providing engineering services for the construction of two high voltage direct current (HVDC) converter stations in Tajikistan and Pakistan, along with the associated HVDC line, which is a part of the Central Asia-South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA) 1000. CESI will also help identify the most suitable operational strategy for the project. The key components of the $1.2 billion project are a 477 km long, 500 kV high voltage alternating current (HVAC) line from Datka (Kyrgyz Republic) to Khudjand (Tajikistan); a 1,300 MW HVDC converter in Tajikistan (at Sangtuda); a 1,300 MW converter station at Nowshera in Pakistan; and a 765 km, ±500 kV HVDC transmission line connecting Sangtuda with Nowshera, via Afghanistan.