ABB wins Indian power contract

ABB has won a $42m (£22m) contract from the main electricity transmission company in the Indian state of Karnataka for a system to monitor and control the network.

ABB will provide Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) with a network management system that integrates supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) technology with energy management and distribution management systems.

The systems will monitor and control 830 main transmission and distribution substations spread across the state of Karnataka, including the city of Bangalore.

Integrated network management enables utilities to monitor and control their entire transmission and distribution networks from a single control room and in real time. The new system for KPTCL incorporates energy and distribution management applications such as load-sharing technology and availability-based tariffs, which encourage users to keep to pre-arranged schedules.

KPTCL is owned by the government of Karnataka and serves about 11 million customers in the southern Indian state. The project scope includes design, engineering, installation, testing, commissioning and service. It is scheduled for completion in about 24 months.