The PowerGrid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), a state-owned power transmission company, announced that it had started the commercial operation of the first leg of the 6 GW Raigarh-Pugalur high voltage direct current transmission project.
The state-owned company stated that the first leg of the transmission project consists of 1.5 GW capacity with a 1,765 kilometers long 800 kV HVDC transmission line from Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, to Pugalur, Tamil Nadu. The company commenced 800 kV HVDC terminal stations in Raigarh and Pugalur and two high voltage alternating current lines in Tamil Nadu.
The lack of transmission infrastructure to support new renewable energy capacity addition has also been a growing concern for solar and wind generators in the country, especially over the last few years, in light of the surge in renewable energy projects. Mercom has previously written about how India’s transmission and distribution system requires significant expansion, considering the rapid installation of solar and wind projects.
“This system will facilitate power flow of 1.5 GW from the western region to the southern region, ensuring a reliable and quality power supply. The PGCIL has completed the system despite many challenges lockdown restriction encountered during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the press statement.
The first leg of the 6 GW transmission project is envisaged to utilize for the evacuation of bulk power produced by the independent power producers in Chhattisgarh through HVDC technology, according to the press release. The implementation of the remaining project is in the advance stage, and it would be incorporated in phases during the financial year of 2020-21, it added.
According to PGCIL, the company and its subsidiaries have transmission lines measuring 164,511 circuit kilometers, 249 sub-stations, and over 414,774 megavolt-ampere of transformation capacity as of August 31, 2020.
Mercom earlier reported that the PGCIL extended the bid submission deadline for its tender to establish transmission systems to evacuate power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan. It had invited bids in April under phase II, part-A of the transmission program for the evacuation of power from solar energy zones in Rajasthan (8.1 GW).
Recently, it came up with a detailed proposal for establishing a transmission system for the evacuation of power from potential solar and wind energy zones in the country’s western region.
Notably, the PowerGrid Corporation has also announced its plans to separate its power transmission business to form a 100% subsidiary that will carry out transmission-related functions.
Harsh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Previously with Indian Express, he has covered general interest stories. He holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune.