Nashik adds another feather on its cap is with its rapid development. The multinational company ‘Crompton Greaves’ engaged in design, manufacturing and marketing of products related to power generation, transmission and distribution part of ‘Avantha group’ established a 1600 kV ultra-high voltage (UHV) Research Centre at its switch gear complex unit, Ambad industrial estate of Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC).
CGL financed Rs. 40 crore for the development of Research Centre. The inauguration ceremony took place in presence of the prominent personalities such as Laurent Demortier, CEO and MD of CGL, R N Nayak, chairman and MD of the Power Grid Corporation India Ltd, D S Patil, executive vice president and chief technology officer, J G Kulkarni, executive vice president of the company.
The CEO of the company informed, “This Research Centre will provide us with the necessary tools to effectively compete in the fast growing UHV/ EHV market segments. The Centre in Nashik, which has been providing MV (medium voltage) and HV (high voltage) switchgear for customers around the world, will fuel the company’s growth by producing a full range of EHV and UHV switchgear up to 1200 KV.”
The centre will aid the new product development for the global UHV/EHV markets, covering 800 kV to 1200 kV transmission systems. Few leading markets for these products are large countries such as India, South America and Africa, where very high voltage transmission networks are available. The center will emphasize high power sub-station equipment such as circuit breakers, gas insulated switch gear, instrument transformers and surge arresters.
It is developed as per the latest global IEC, ANSI standards and other International product standards, which will help to carry dielectric performance tests through 1600 kV AC and 3600 kV, 360 kJ Impulse test systems.