POWERGRID India appoints RXPE for breakthrough power electronics solution

We take pleasure in sharing with your team that RXPE has won a landmark contract from Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (POWERGRID) to design and build the world’s largest dynamic reactive power compensation installations using STATCOM technology. POWERGRID is the Central Transmission Utility (CTU) responsible for bulk power transmission of electrical energy to utilities and users across India. It is also responsible for interconnecting regional grids and operating and maintaining the National Electrical Grid.

The objective is to improve the voltage profile and dynamic stability of India’s power transmission system. RXPE will provide three STATCOM stations, each with an overall dynamic reactive compensation capacity of -550Mvar to +425Mvar. In addition to the core STATCOM, each installation will include shunt reactors, a shunt capacitor, associated coupling transformers and 400kV equipment.

RXPThe operating functions of the STATCOM stations include: steady state voltage control of 400 kV bus, balance steady state voltage at 400kV bus, dynamic over-voltage control, transient and dynamic stability control, damping of power oscillations and damping of subsynchronous oscillations. They will be strategically deployed at three 400kV substations in the Western region of India: Aurangabad, Solapur and Satna.

The project has a fast-track 24-month completion target and involves coordinated support from RXPE’s India and UK facilities. UK engineering teams will oversee design elements to
optimise the integration of each STATCOM with its substation and the wider network. Project management will be handled from India with the assistance of a partner organisation, and one of the units will be assembled locally in our factory in Dankuni, West Bengal.

PowerSTATCOMs are a key enabling technology for developing power networks, synchronising electricity transmission in irregular conditions. Based on Voltage Source Converter (VSC) technology, STATCOMs use low-voltage modules in series to realise a high voltage output.

“Regulating power transmission to ensure supply meets demand is a complex task, especially in rapidly urbanising populations where requirements can be unpredictable,” says Lalit Tejwani, Managing Director at RXPE (India). “These large-scale STATCOM installations will push the boundaries of power electronics engineering to help overcome India’s enduring power challenges.”

* The largest STATCOMs commissioned to date are four ±200 MVAR units deployed at a 500kV substation of the China Southern Power Grid. These were also designed and manufactured by RXPE.