Power plants for modernisation of transmission network

Staff Reporter

Constitution of empowered committee to evaluate quality stressed

Number of power plants coming up in the StateGovernment urged to take steps to avoid contingent situation

BHUBANESWAR: Confederation of Captive Power Plants of Orissa (CCPPO), an association of 14 industries, demanded upgradation and modernisation of transmission network, as a number of power plants are coming up in the State.

The State government should set up an empowered committee to evaluate the quality of the existing transmission network, according to the confederation.

"Going by different Memoranda of Understanding signed with private firms, the State is set to become power house of the country and it will witness power generation in excess of 14,000 mega watt.

It is therefore exigent that evacuation measures be planned in advance to avoid contingent situation," said confederation secretary Sanjeev Das.

Roughly 3,500 mw would be available to the State grid, while 7,700 mw be sent out through different grids, Mr. Das said and added that under the available system it did not seem to be possible.


Pointing out that major lines of Orissa Power Transmission Corporation Limited (OPTCL) were already overloaded, he said: "the industrial hubs coming up in Dubri and Jharsuguda along with upcoming power stations in the coal belt areas of Talcher and Angul will find it extremely difficult to arrive at a balance between demand and supply or evacuation of power."

Since construction of extra high tension (EHT) lines would take more than four to five years, the State government should take immediate steps before situation becomes critical, he said.

Industries, including Tata Sponge Iron Limited, Rourkela Steel Plant, Neelachal Ispat Nigam Limited, National Aluminium Company Limited and Paradip Phosphate Limited, are part of the association which has put forward the demand.

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