Category: Transmission

October 31, 2015

In further signs of the staggering pace of transformation in global energy markets, Indian power behemoth Reliance Power, one of the three largest private power groups in that country, is urgently seeking to change the fundamentals of its business strategy.

A detailed analysis of public statements, annual reports and press reports relating to the company by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) all point to a major strategic refocus away from thermal to renewable electricity generation by this Indian power conglomerate.

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October 31, 2015

State-run Power Grid Corporation Ltd (PGCIL) today said it has emerged as the successful bidder for Vemagiri II power transmission project in a tariff based auction.

“Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd has been selected as the successful bidder under tariff based competitive bidding to establish transmission system for ‘strengthening of transmission system beyond Vemagiri’ project on build, own operate and maintain (BOOM) basis,” the company said in a regulatory filing. The Letter of Intent (Lol) was received on October 29, it added. 

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October 30, 2015

India will start transmission of fresh 100 MW electricity from Tripura to Bangladesh by January and the government-owned company is working round-the-clock to erect the transmission line by December, an official said. The decision was taken following a three-day (October 26-28) meet in New Delhi of the Indian and Bangladesh officials, Tripura State Electricity Corporation Limiited (TSECL) Deputy General Managar Mahananda Debbarma told IANS.

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October 26, 2015

REC Transmission Projects (RECTPL) will tomorrow announce the names of the lowest bidders on the basis of financial bids for Vemagiri II and Alipurduar power transmission projects worth around Rs 8,100 crore. PowerGrid, Sterlite, Essel and Adani had submitted the bids for these two projects. Besides, Kalpataru Power Transmission has bid for the Alipurduar project.

Power sector regulator CERC has stated that tariffs discovered through competitive bidding are 30-45 per cent lower than the cost-plus route. 

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October 20, 2015

REC Transmission Projects (RECTPL) has postponed the opening of financial bids for two transmission projects worth around Rs 8,100 crore, which may delay implementation of these power links. “RECTPL has postponed the opening of the financial bids for Vemagiri II and Alipurduar power transmission projects without assigning any reason. The bids were to be opened today,” an executive of the company participating in the bids said.

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October 20, 2015

REC Transmission Projects (RECTPL) will tomorrow announce the names of the lowest bidders on the basis of financial bids for Vemagiri II and Alipurduar power transmission projects worth around Rs 8,100 crore. PowerGrid, Sterlite, Essel and Adani had submitted the bids for these two projects. Besides, Kalpataru Power Transmission has bid for the Alipurduar project. “The financial bids for Vemagiri II and Alipurduar power transmission projects will be opened tomorrow,” a source said.

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October 14, 2015

KOLKATA: State-owned Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) is building a transmission line between West Bengal and Bihar at a cost of Rs 800 crore that will enhance electricity supply infrastructure. “We are constructing a transmission line between Rajarhat (West Bengal) and Purnia in Bihar. This will help power evacuation for NTPC power projects at Farraka and Kahelgoan,” Power Grid GM M M Baidya said here today at BNCCI.

“The 450MW capacity transmission line is to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 800 crore and we are aiming to complete it by March 2017,” he said. PGCIL said it has 30 acres of land at Rajarhat required for the sub-station. Baidya said that besides building the new line, PGCIL is also carrying out renovation activity of the transmission lines. “We are modernising the Malda-Farraka line with new conductors that will increase the capacity by 1.5 times,” he pointed.

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October 14, 2015

NEW DELHI: State-run PowerGrid, Sterlite, Essel and Adani are in the fray for two power transmission projects worth Rs 8,100 crore as they have submitted their financial bids. 
“Financial bids for the two projects, Vemagiri II worth Rs 6,300 crore and Alipurduar worth Rs 1,800 crore, were to be submitted by today. PowerGrid, Sterlite, Essel and Adani have submitted the bids for these two projects,” a source said. Besides, Kalpataru Power Transmission has also bid for the Alipurduar project. The bids will be opened on October 16. 

In the first round, Power Grid, Sterlite Grid, Adani, Essel, Inabensa Bharat, Kalpataru Power Transmission, Consortium of Megha Engineering & Gayatri Projects had qualified for Vemagiri II project. PowerGrid, Sterlite, Essel and Adani chose to submit financial bids for the Vemagiri II project.  In case of Alipurduar project, Power Grid, Sterlite Grid, Adani, Kalpataru and Essel Infra Projects have qualified on technical grounds to submit financial bids. 

“All of the five technically qualified bidders for the project have submitted bids,” the source said. 
The Vemagiri II project will strengthen transmission system beyond Vemagiri and will be called Vemagiri II Transmission Ltd. It will traverse through A

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October 14, 2015

NEW DELHI: After successfully setting up transmission line from Assam to Agra last month, state-run Power Grid will link 1,365 kms stretch between Chhattisgarh and Haryana by April next year. The entire Rs 11,500-crore HVDC (high voltage direct current) link between the two states will be developed in four phases and completed by March 2017 with a total capacity of 6,000 MW.

“… the first pole of 1,500 MW (phase) will be operationalised next year and the remaining three poles of 1,500 MW each will be completed by March 2017,” a senior official said. Under the HVDC 6,000 MW transmission link, the entire line will be laid down in the first phase but its capacity of transmitting current will be enhanced to full capacity in phases. The first phase of the project entails an investment of Rs 6,000 crore while the remaining three phase would cost over Rs 1,500 crore each.

HVDC is the best tool for smooth grid operation and would go a long way in integrating renewable energy. India is most effectively utilising the hybrid system of extra high voltage of alternate current and direct current. “Power Grid completed the first phase Assam to Agra link last month which facilitates supply of power on either side. At present, its capacity is 1,500 MW which will be eventually enhanced to 6,000 MW by August next year,” the official said.

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October 10, 2015

NEW DELHI: To give a push to clean energy projects in the country, the government has decided to waive transmission charges for electricity generated from renewable sources, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said today.

“We are bringing out a legal framework where all inter-state transmission of renewable energy will be at zero cost,” New & Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal said here.

“So renewable energy will not be charged any transmission charges across the country,” he said. The government, which has already sanctioned contracts worth Rs 38,000 crore through competitive bidding for green corridors, is identifying more such areas.

“I have already started with Rs 38,000 crore of green energy corridors. We are identifying more areas and are urging states to come with area where we can expand renewable energy so that more transmission grids can be made which the Central government is doing,” he said. The government had last month said that it is expecting an investment of Rs 36,000 crore in green energy corridors across the country. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Secretary Upendra Tripathi had also earlier said that the Ministry would shortly release

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