New Delhi: State-run Maharatna Power PSU, Power Grid has successfully commissioned the 765 kilo-volts (kV) double circuit (D/C) Vindhyachal-Varanasi Transmission Line. This has been done by its wholly-owned subsidiary POWERGRID Varanasi Transmission System Limited (PVTSL) as per the scheduled target.
According to the Ministry of Power, this transmission line corridor shall provide strong connectivity between Northern Region (NR) and Western Region (WR) and facilitate the reliable flow of power, benefitting the overall social and economic system, by enabling the reliable flow of power to industries and households in Northern Region, Western Region and the entire country. With the commissioning of this link, the inter-regional power transfer capacity of the national grid has been enhanced by 4200 MW, taking the total capacity to 1,10,750 MW in the country.
The 190-km long transmission line transverses tough geographical areas and crosses four rivers Ganga, Gopad, Meyar and Sone. The 92-km portion of this transmission line passes through Madhya Pradesh and the remaining 98-km passes through Uttar Pradesh. This project has been acquired by Power Grid under tariff-based competitive bidding (TBCB).
Recently, Power Grid through its subsidiary, POWERGRID Jawaharpur Firozabad Transmission Ltd, has commissioned a transmission system for evacuation of power from 2×660 MW Jawaharpur Thermal Power Project and constructed 400 kV Sub-station at Firozabad along with associated transmission lines.
Power Grid presently has 1,72,154 ckm of transmission lines, 262 sub-stations and more than 446,940 MVA of transformation capacity. With the adoption of the latest technological tools and techniques, enhanced use of automation and digital solutions, Power Grid has been able to maintain average transmission system availability >99%.