New Delhi, Dec 4: Siemens Ltd today commenced operations of its fifth transformer manufacturing unit with an investment of Rs 200 crore at Kalwa near Mumbai.
Spread over an area of 40,000 square metres, the new facility has a capacity of manufacturing transformers totalling 15,000 MVA annually and was inaugurated by Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was also present there.
The facility will cater to the domestic and export markets. This is the eighth project by Siemens in Maharashtra and the fifth from its power business.
The manufacturing facility will provide a direct employment to about 500 people and indirect employment to about 1,000 people when in full production, a statement said.
The new transformer factory will address the heightened demand for power transmission equipment in the country by designing and manufacturing large transformers of power rating upto 600 MVA and 800 KV voltage class -- the maximum voltage established presently in India.
''This has enhanced our portfolio in the power segment and we can now offer a full spectrum of products covering the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) segment,'' said company Managing Director J Schubert.
The Kalwa transformer factory employs the same global technology, developed by Siemens at its 'Centre of Competence', located at Nuremberg in Germany, he added.
The factory will also produce special application transformers such as for HVDC and traction furnace applications.
In the near future, the factory will also strengthen the transmission network through its 1,200 KV class transformers.
Siemens's power T&D Division in the country provides products, systems and solutions in the area of medium voltage and high voltage switchgear, high voltage substations up to 800 kV, protection and substation automation system and control, and energy management systems.