Power trans­mis­sion in­vest­ment likely to be Rs 2 lakh cr in next plan: CEA


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In­di­cat­ing sig­nif­i­cant growth in the power trans­mis­sion sec­tor, the Cen­tral Elec­tric­ity Author­ity (CEA) has es­ti­mated an in­vest­ment of Rs 2.6 lakh crore till 2022. These and other es­ti­mates form the base for a draft Na­tional Elec­tric­ity Plan-vol­ume II, which would be the ba­sis for in­vest­ment and pol­icy plan­ning in the sec­tor. In­ter-re­gional ca­pac­ity ad­di­tion dur­ing the 13th plan (2017-22) is es­ti­mated at 45,700 Mw, from the present 63,650 Mw by the plan end, said CEA in the draft.

The in­vest­ment fig­ure, it said, in­cluded an es­ti­mate of Rs 30,000 crore in trans­mis­sion sys­tems below 220 kv. About Rs 1.6 lakh crore would come from states and the other Rs 1 lakh crore from Power Grid Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia. The gov­ern­ment is plan­ning to in­crease the size of projects and scope of work in trans­mis­sion. In­ter-state lines with ca­pac­ity of around 56,000 Mw are be­ing planned by the end of the 13th plan.

In the first vol­ume, CEA had said more ther­mal power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity wasn't needed but sup­ply needed to be more ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able. And, that re­new­able en­ergy gen­er­a­tion would be 20.3 per cent and 24.2 per cent of the to­tal en­ergy re­quire­ment in 2021-22 and 2026-27, re­spec­tively.

CEA says the al­ready planned trans­mis­sion cor­ri­dors be­tween re­gions is suf­fi­cient to cater to vari­able dis­patches at peak times, with pro­vi­sos.

The es­ti­mate is that In­dia would need 100,000 cir­cuit km (ckm) of trans­mis­sion lines and 2,00,000 MVA trans­former ca­pac­ity of sub­sta­tions at 220 kv and above volt­age was ex­pected to be added in the 13th plan. It has sug­gested that in­vest­ment be in­vited through com­pet­i­tive bids.

“It is ex­pected that a to­tal of 107,454 ckm of trans­mis­sion lines and 287,836 MVA of sub­sta­tion trans­for­ma­tion ca­pac­ity additions are likely to be achieved dur­ing the 12th plan,” it has said.

Var­i­ous high ca­pac­ity trans­mis­sion cor­ri­dors are in var­i­ous stages of im­ple­men­ta­tion and most are likely to be com­mis­sioned by 2021.

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