"We are proud that POWERGRID trusts in Siemens engineering excellence to breathe new life in the first HVDC system in India," said Mirko Düsel, Head of Transmission Solutions at Siemens Gas and Power. "We look forward to extending the lifespan of the station and enhancing the installation's efficiency by implementing our state-of-the-art technology."
The project's scope includes the installation of new thyristor valves, converter cooling system, HVDC control and protection system, direct current measuring devices and surge arrestors. The key components for the upgrade - the thyristor valves as well as the HVDC control and protection system – will be delivered from the Indian facility in Goa.
Latest light-triggered thyristors with a higher voltage blocking capability will replace the old electrically-triggered thyristors. Thus, the number of thyristors will be halved resulting in less power loss. After completion of the refurbishment, the Vindhyachal HVDC station will ensure a reliable power supply.
With a HVDC back-to-back link, two independent neighboring transmission networks with incompatible electrical frequencies, or different operating philosophies, are connected. Additionally, it prevents the power increase in the short circuit levels of the network. An HVDC back-to-back system can also be used for controlled power transfer between two separated alternating current transmission systems.
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