Karnataka government recognises ABB
ABB has been felicitated with a Special Power Award for the restoration and modernisation of the critical Sharavathi hydroelectric power plant in Karnataka, at the state’s first Power Awards held at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru. Madhav Vemuri, President, Industrial Automation, ABB India and Ahmad Khan, Vice President, Power Generation and Water business, ABB India received the award from Shri Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister of Karnataka, in the presence of D.K. Shivakumar, Energy Minister, Government of Karnataka.
The Department of Energy, Government of Karnataka instituted the awards this year for the first time, held on October 28, 2017, in a move to recognise and felicitate individuals and organisations who have contributed to supporting and enabling the state’s power projects and initiatives. The awards ceremony was attended by key political leaders in the central and state governments.
ABB has been a key contributor to building and strengthening core infrastructure to support the state’s power requirements. Among the significant projects executed was the emergency restoration and modernisation of the 1,035 MW Sharavathi hydroelectric generating station which was severely damaged due to a major fire accident on February 18, 2016. Sharavathi is Karnataka’s largest hydro power plant, contributing ~30 percent of the state’s power generation and a key source of energy for Bengaluru, the country’s third largest city and global information technology hub, often referred to as ‘India’s Silicon Valley’.