Kolkata Company Provides Power Transformers for FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Around 3,000 transformers manufactured by a Kolkata-based company will help secure electricity distribution to stadiums and related infrastructure during the upcoming FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

BMC Electroplast, an MSME unit, supplied current and voltage transformers, which are essential components of the power distribution system, for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, a company official said.

“We supplied 50% of the total voltage and current transformers required for the football event. These instruments reside in the switchboards used for internal control and protection of power distribution. More than the value of the contract, it gives us satisfaction and pride that our engineered product is part of a global event,” BMC Electroplast Director Siddhartha Mitra told PTI.

The value of the contract was Rs 35 crore, and the agency that approved his product is Qatar Electricity & Water Corporation, popularly known as “Kahramaa”.

Speaking of the order, Mitra said the process was started in 2010 by Tamco Switchgear (Malaysia), a former L&T company but currently controlled by major electrical equipment maker MNC Schneider.

“It took us two years to get our prototype approved by Kahramaa, which adheres to strict quality standards. Our company, as a supplier to Tamco, had to meet the benchmark criteria to win the contract. We concluded the procurement in 2017, and now all of our critical components are operational and contributing to the power distribution system in stadiums, walkways and other temperature-controlled infrastructure,” Mitra said.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will be played from November 20 to December 18. The tournament’s 64 matches with a roster of 32 teams will be played at eight venues.

Mitra said, “This project will give us a major boost in accessing countries in the Middle East. Kahramaa’s approval was the strictest in the region and hence it helps to gain almost automatic approval from all other countries in that region. Mitra, which is among the firm’s engineering partners Subodh Banerjee, Rajiv Bhargava and Girish V Magre, said the Covid-19 pandemic has hit the entity hard.

“Before, we exported around 25 to 30% of our sales. After the World Cup order, we received serious export requests, but the pandemic affected our business due to supply chain disruptions and high transportation costs. However, we plan to revive exports from the next fiscal year,” he added. PTI

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