Substations are key installations in the power grid that transform voltage levels and facilitate the safe and efficient transmission and distribution of electricity. ABB, the world’s leading supplier of turnkey air-insulated, gas-insulated and hybrid substations with voltage levels up to 1,100 kV, has won an order worth around Rs.175 crore from NTPC to build two substations in Maharashtra. The substations will facilitate transmission of electricity from new power generation plants being constructed in the region."The substations we are supplying will be equipped with the latest IEC 61850 substation automation system to facilitate open communication between the numerous control and protection devices within the substation and beyond”, said N Venu, Local Division Manager and Head of Power Systems division in India. The substations will include seventeen 400 kilovolt (kV) bays and fourteen 132 kV bays in Solapur, and twelve 400kV bays and eight 132kV bays in Mauda. ABB’s turnkey project scope comprises the design, engineering, supply, installation, commissioning and associated civil works for the substations. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.