Distribution transformer substations get new lease of life
conomic growth of a country greatly depends upon the power sector. Power sector is one of the most important aspects in Indian economy, but is facing some serious problems, such as old worn-out and poor distribution system, huge T&D losses and overloaded distribution and transmission lines. Out of the three sectors—generation, transmission and distribution—the distribution system, which is mostly under state electricity boards, is considered the most important link between the end users and utility providers, but also the weakest link as there are many losses at this stage. Theft, pilferage, network losses, lack of a vast distribution network, subsidized and unmetered power, illmaintained distribution equipment— all add considerably to the aggregate technical and commercial losses
EBy Subhash Gupta & Ritika Subhash (AT&C), leading to more units being consumed than were being billed.
Understandably, the financial condition of state electricity boards had become a matter of great concern where aggregate losses of country had reached ₹ 26,000 crore in 2001. To counter this, the government of India initiated power sector reforms to improve the efficiency of power sector and took various initiatives in this direction; one of these being the introduction of APDRP, R- APDRP. Objectives of APDRP, R-APDRP are: Renovation and modernization of old thermal & hydro plants Up-gradation and strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution network To perform the reformation, the government of India provides fund in the form of grants and loans. After completion of reformation in a given period of time, the loan is converted into grant.
In 2013, the Centre approved power development schemes worth almost Rs.1,500 crore for Haryana under its Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (R-APDRP). This mega project is to be implemented in two parts and will impact 36 towns in Haryana. The focus of Part A of the scheme is to provide an IT base to electrical distribution systems while that of Part B is to renovate, modernize and strengthen the 11kV power distribution systems in all these townships. This includes addition of transformers, feeder segregation, load balancing, installation of capacitor banks etc.
Under the Part B of this project, Standard Capacitors was awarded the order for supply of 6 units of 11kV automatically- switched capacitor banks 3.6 MVAR for distribution utilities UHBVN and DHBVN projects at Gurgaon, Rewari, Narnaul and Sirsa. Automatically- switched capacitor