Transmission (T&D)

Centre removes interstate supply charges on solar power projects till December 2019

Solar power projects will be exempted from interstate transmission charges till the end of Dec’19, making it feasible to compete with thermal power. The decision was taken by the MoP in consultation with the MNRE and other stakeholders since imposition of charges would have raised cost of using solar power from another state by Rs 1-2.50 per kwH, depending on the distance it is transmitted and voltage at which it is supplied. Waiving transmission charges will generate income and employment in Rajasthan and benefit other states as well. The govt has set itself a goal of 100,000 MW of installed solar power by 2022, and has currently reached only 12,504 MW (end April).

Power demand to rise 7% CAGR in 5 year

Electricity consumption (demand) in the country will grow at 7.1% (CAGR) between FY17 and FY22 and then slow to 6% in the subsequent five years, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). Demand for electricity had grown at a much lower pace than projected by the CEA in the last five years — with industrial production growth tepid, peak demand grew just 4% in 2016-17 to close to160 GW against the CEA’s estimate of 9.3% growth. In the 19th electric power survey unveiled by the CEA recently, it also said aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses will come down to 13% by FY22, on the back of government program’s likes the Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Jyoti Yojana and the Integrated Power Development Scheme. The AT&C losses at a pan-India level are around 20% now.

Kalpataru bags orders worth Rs 676 crore

Engineering firm Kalpataru Power Transmission (KPTL) today said that it has secured new orders worth Rs 676 Cr. These contracts include an order from PGCIL (Power Grid) for 400 KV Jauljivi GIS substation, extension of 765 KV Bareilly substation and associated transmission lines for Rs 237 crore. It also bagged an order for balance work of a plant and utilities for LPG Import Terminal Project from BPCL at Haldia for Rs 134 Cr. 

PGCIL to spend Rs 91,000 cr in three years

PGCIL is placing a bet on turnaround of the distribution sector and prospective demand from states. “In intra-state transmission, Rs 1.5 lakh crore worth of work is expected. The positive impact of UDAY scheme and the Centre’s various reform programmes in states would kick-start investment in sub-transmission and distribution,” the company said in a statement. PGCIL executives say the transmission sector would see Rs 2.6 lakh Cr of investment by 2022, with close to 106,000 circuit km of transmission lines and 292,000 MVA of transformational capacity (of substations). If the envisaged Rs 2.6 lakh Cr, Rs 1 lakh Cr would be invested by PGCIL and the rest awarded to private entities through ‘tariff based competitive bidding (TBCB). For the coming three years, PGCIL would cumulatively invest Rs 91,000 Cr in several projects, said its executives. It has ongoing projects of Rs 1.05 lakh crore and Rs 25,000 Cr in the pipeline. The projected investment includes the Green Corridors project, the ambitious alternate transmission network for renewable energy.

World Bank, AIIB to grant $380 million to Andhra Pradesh power project 

The World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have together agreed to extend $380 million of loan to Andhra Pradesh towards helping the southern state build a reliable, quality and affordable power supply to citizens. In a statement, World Bank said it has signed an agreement with the government of India and Andhra Pradesh government to extend $240 million of loan. AIIB has also signed a $140 million loan, which is considered the first such project in India to be co-financed by it. The World Bank and AIIB will provide loans in a 60:40 ratio for all the components of the project that is aimed at providing 24X7 power for all.  Under the project, Andhra Pradesh will build new T&D infra, as well as put in place systems to improve the technical efficiency and commercial performance of its power sector utilities. The project is expected to help bring in modern technology solutions such as automated substations and network analysis and planning tools to provide reliable power supply and enhance customer satisfaction. The project is part of the government of India's `Power for All' programme launched in 2014 and Andhra Pradesh is among the few states selected for the rollout of this programme. 

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