ABB, the power and automation technology major, has inaugurated two new facilities producing power products in India to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the company’s extensive Vadodara manufacturing hub in the western state of Gujarat.
The new units covering an area of about 15 000 square metres were built in 18 months at an investment of approximately $50 million and are located in Savli, close to the Vadodara facility. The new factories will produce high-voltage switchgear and distribution transformers. In the HV plant, gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and PASS (plug and switch system) hybrid switchgear will be made,to serve growing demand in India. It will and will also serve as an export hub. The new transformer factory will focus on the production of dry-type and oil immersed distribution transformers.
The PASS hybrid switchgear solution combines features of air- and gas-insulated technologies. It incorporates the functions of a complete switchgear bay in a single module, and can be installed quickly with the help of pre-assembled modules.
The new transformer factory will enhance the company’s offering in India and extend the distribution transformer range up to 10 MVA, 36 kV. Dry-type transformers help reduce environmental impact and can be deployed in environmentally challenging conditions.