Together with consortium partner Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) the Power Grid Corporation of India has commissioned the project in order to strengthen the power supply to New Delhi without the need for additional power plants. Final commissioning is scheduled for November 2009.

The development is to cost some €235 million and is financed by World Bank.

The bipolar 500kV DC system will have a power rating of 2,500 MW and will reach from Ballia in the east of Uttar Pradesh province to Bhiwadi, near New Delhi in Rajsthan.

Siemens has overall responsibility for the project, including the design, and will deliver the bulk of the core components such as converter valves, converter transformers, smoothing reactors, protection and control systems, and the AC and DC filters. BHEL is supplying the converter transformers for the Bhiwadi converter station and components of the AC switchgear for both converter stations.

Siemens’ share of the contract is about €170 million.