Siemens awarded contract for 500MW HVDC link in Bangladesh

Siemens has been awarded a contract to build a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) for Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB).

nder the follow-up order, worth about €130m, Siemens will be responsible for engineering, installing and commissioning of the complete HVDC system.

Scheduled to be commissioned in second half of 2018, the HVDC back-to-back link will enable power trade between India and Bangladesh.

The contract scope includes supply of all electrical components including the control, protection and monitoring systems for the HVDC system, the thyristor valves, eight converter transformers and the AC filters.

The company’s HVDC Classic technology will support the stabilization of the connected systems.

Siemens has already installed block 1 of the Bheramara HVDC back-to-back station in 2013.

The company will now deliver a second block with a transmission capacity of another 500MW.

Siemens transmission solutions business unit CEO Mirko Düsel said: “With the implementation of Bheramara’s second block, Siemens helps to further grow reliable power sources and strengthen grid stability.

“The availability of reliable power transmission is key for emerging countries like Bangladesh.”

The station of the HVDC back-to-back link will be situated in Bheramara at the Western border of Bangladesh. It will be linked through a substation and overhead line with India’s 400kV grid.

Recently, PGCB selected Siemens to design, procure, supply, install, test and commission 230/132kV gas insulated switchgear (GIS) substation.
It will also supply 225/300 MVA, 132/33 KV and 50/75 MVA transformers at Keraniganj near Dhaka, Bangladesh.