Irrigation super project takes Weg pump motors, control panels and brakes 18 April 2011

Weg is supplying 160 large (MW) synchronous vertical motors, plus excitation panels and brake systems, for use on pumps in the HNSS project in Andhra Pradesh, India, one of the largest irrigation projects in the world.

HNSS will take water from the Krishna and Godavari rivers to serve land mostly in the state of Andhra Pradesh. When complete, the project will irrigate an area of 2,500 km2.

Weg's synchronous vertical motors are being used to power high capacity pumps supplied by Kirloskar Brothers, the largest manufacturer of hydraulic pumps in India.

The initial project stage, from April 2007, called for 32 Weg high voltage motors, together with excitation panels and brake systems. This was followed in the second stage by Weg supplying a package of 2,000-tons of equipment, including 64 motors and excitation panels, as well as brake systems.

By project completion, Weg expects to have installed some 160 high voltage motors, in the range 1.7 to 12MW, all over Andhra Pradesh. This will make HNSS the largest project Weg has ever supplied to India, and at a value of at $100 million, one of the biggest packages ever negotiated.

Brian Tinham

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