The Prime Minister has inaugurated Power Grid Corporation of India Limited’s 320 kV, 2,000 MW Pugalur (Tamil Nadu) – Thrissur (Kerala) high voltage direct current (HVDC) project over video conference.
The Rs 50.7 billion Pugalur-Thrissur HVDC system is part of the Raigarh-Pugalur-Thrissur 6,000 MW HVDC system and enables transfer of 2,000 MW of power to Kerala through the HVDC station at Thrissur. The state-of-the-art voltage source convertor (VSC) technology has been brought to India for the first time by Powergrid through this project. The VSC technology significantly reduces land requirement compared to conventional HVDC systems. It is particularly suitable for Kerala, where land is scarce. It also facilitates development of smart grid and improves system resilience under various operating conditions.