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CPRI to be equipped with GE’s Short Circuit Generators worth 239 Cr.

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GE Steam Power India, manufacturer of heavy steam and power instruments has signed an agreement with Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) to supply two short circuit generator systems worth USD 32 million (INR 239 Cr.).

CPRI is an autonomous society for testing and certification of power and electrical instruments under Ministry of Power, Govt. of India.

New short circuit generators would be installed at High-Power Laboratory (HPL) of CPRI, Bengaluru.

Supply Details and Specifications

Under the agreement with CPRI, scope of work for GE would include supply, installation, commissioning and testing of two sets of 2500 MVA short circuit generators. It would also supply driving and auxiliary systems for these generators.

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CPRI Lab already has one 2500 MVA generator, the two new generators shall be ready for parallel operation in synchronization with existing one. This would enable the lab to yield short circuit powers of 2500 MVA, 5000 MVA and 7500MVA respectively.

The generators will be manufactured at GE factory in Sanand, Gujarat. The target time for project to be operational is by 2022.

The generators would enable CPRI to perform high power tests, mainly short-circuit tests on power system equipment such as circuit-breakers, switches, disconnecting switches, fuses, transformers, cables, etc.

Expressing his views on the matter, Mr. Prashant Jain, Regional General Manager, GE Steam Power, said: “With India’s growing energy need, this project will expand CPRI’s capability to serve more customers and for higher sized equipment using GE technology”.

Indigenous capacity building for Power Sector

In order to indigenously increase the capacity of research and testing activities in the power sector (generation, transmission and distribution) in India, the Ministry of Power is stressing on infrastructure upgrade at CPRI. The addition of 2 x 2500 MVA Short Circuit Generators to high power lab would make CPRI (Bengaluru) the highest capacity operated lab across India.

GE has supplied the existing 2500 MVA Short Circuit Generator to CPRI Bengaluru back in 1985. It is also the supplier for the 2 X 1500 MVA Short Circuit Generators to CPRI’s High Power Lab in Bhopal.

About GEPSIPL: GE Power Systems India Private Limited (GEPSIPL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of GE group incorporated in the year 2010. It manufactures large power instruments and systems like turbines and generators. The company has mnufacturing facilities at Sanand, Gujarat and Durgapur, West Bengal. Total number of employees is around 2000.

About CPRI: Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) was established by the Government of India in 1960 with headquarters in Bangalore. The Institute serves as a national Level laboratory for undertaking applied research in electrical power engineering. It also functions as an independent national testing and certification authority for electrical equipment and components to ensure reliability in power systems and to innovate and develop new products.