Power Grid to spend Rs 6,000 cr on expansion plans in South
Jul 01 2012, 19:02 | By PTI
Hyderabad, Jun 29 (PTI) The Power Grid Corporation of India Limited a state-owned power transmission company has earmarked Rs 6,000 crore for expansion plans in Southern region, a senior official said today. The southern region is one of the nine regions of power grid, spreading across the states of Andhra Pradesh and parts of Orissa, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. According to V Sekhar, Executive Director (SRTS-I), currently seven new 765/400KV sub-stations are under construction at Nellore, Raichur, Kurnool, Hyderabad, Khammam, Vemagiri and Srikakulam and four out of these seven stations are the latest state of the art technology gas insulated sub stations. Sekhar said the Region has 7,213 circuit kilometers (ckms) of 400 KV High Voltage Alternating Current (HVAC) and 1910 ckms of 500KV High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission lines in operation. The region has ten 400 KV HVAC substations with a transformation capacity of 6300 Megavolt Ampere. "Transmission lines of over 4000 ckms are under construction spread over Andhra Pradesh and parts of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra. We are spending Rs 6000 crore as part of the total expansion plans in the region," Sekhar told PTI. For the first time in South, a double circuit 765 KV high capacity transmission line is being constructed between Nellore and Kurnool which is capable of handling about 5000 MW. Together with Nellore Gooty 400KV Double Circuit line, about 6000 MW is handled in the Krishnapatnam area, he added. For strengthening the reliability of the power system in the Southern Region, 765 KV Double Circuit line between Kurnool and Tiruvalem (Tamil Nadu) and 400KV Double Circuit line between Gooty and Madhugiri (Karnataka) are under construction, he explained. Sekhar said the Government of Andhra Pradesh would facilitate Power Grid to obtain necessary permissions, registrations and clearances from respective departments of the state. "All these projects will be executed in the next two to two and half years schedule. Many of the projects are under execution. And some of the projects will start very shortly," Sekhar said. Meanwhile, the Power Grid in filing with BSE said the Board of Directors of the company have approved System strengtheningXVII in Southern region grid at an estimated cost of Rs 1508.74 crore with commissioning schedule of 33 months from the date of investment approval.
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