Avantha Group Co. CG has signed a contract with the State Utility of Paraguay, Administracion Nacional de Electricidad (ANDE), for eight single and three phase transformers totaling 420 MVA, for the expansion of the country’s 220 kV and 66 kV Electricity Network.
Paraguay is one of the world’s largest exporters of electricity, and also exports to neighboring regions like Brazil and Argentina. CG has been present in South America for the past two decades and has previously partnered with ANDE for the supply of single and three phase transformers and 30,000 smart meters to the Paraguayan grid.
This contract was won through a competitive international public bidding process. CG has been actively involved in the generation, transmission and distribution sector in Latin America and in the Caribbean, with an installed base of over 55,000 MVA, and up to 500 kV.
CG will manufacture the transformers in Mumbai, India and supply them in three lots. Spare parts, supervision of the installation and commissioning and onsite training are a part of CG’s scope.
The Paraguayan grid has 1.3 million customers and nearly 20,000 miles of distribution lines. It has been growing at a rate of 4 percent on a yearly basis since 2009. This contract represents the strengthening of about 15 percent of ANDE’s current transformer capacity. ANDE’s grid also faces difficulty due to distribution losses that are amongst the highest in the region. CG’s smart meters assist in reducing these losses, and improving the grid’s energy efficiency.