In this paper a novel concept of a static var system (SVS) auxiliary controller application for damping subsynchronous resonance in power systems has been proposed and demonstrated. An SVS controller, known as the combined reactive power and frequency (CRPF) auxiliary controller has been developed and incorporated in the SVS control system located at the middle of a series compensated long transmission line. The studies are conducted on a system having a similar spread of the torsional modes as the first IEEE benchmark model. The proposed SVS auxiliary controller stabilizes all the torsional modes over a wide operating range. A digital computer simulation study has been performed, using a nonlinear system model, to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed SVS auxiliary controller.