Paving the way for reliable, safe and efficient access to energy in northern India, GE has successfully completed the first phase of the Champa-Kurukshetra HVDC project. Spearheading this two-phased ambitious project was Vishal Wanchoo, President & CEO, GE South Asia. The Champa-Kurukshetra link is transmitting power of up to 3,000 MW, a first-time achievement in India. The 1,287 km energy highway augments the inter-regional capacity between the northern and western regions of India, and aims to improve power connectivity for an estimated 46 per cent of the country's population. Wanchoo reportedly believes that as India makes progress towards achieving sustainable, universal access to electricity, an efficient mix of conventional and renewable power is required.