T&D News

KSEB seeks Power Grid’s assistance in intrastate network

Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is exploring the involvement of Central transmission utility Power Grid Corporation of India for implementing the southern state’s mega project “Transgrid-2.0”. According to reliable reports, KSEB wants to involve PGCIL in any one of the following three modes:

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RInfra moves closer to selling off Mumbai power distribution outfit

Reliance Infrastructure Ltd (RInfra) has entered into exclusive negotiations with Adani Transmission Ltd for the potential sale of Reliance Infra’s power business in Mumbai, spanning generation, transmission and distribution.

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L&T puts winning bid for mega smart meter tender

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has emerged as the lowest bidder of the tender issued by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) to procure 50 lakh smart meters.

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Phase-I of Champa-Kurukshetra UHVDC transmission system completed

GE has announced that it has recently commissioned the second pole of the ±800kV UHVDC Champa-Kurukshetra transmission system. This marks the completion of the first phase of the project. The two-phase project, owned by Power Grid Corporation of India, aims to transfer up to 6,000 mw of electricity from Chhattisgarh in eastern to northern India.

Presented below is an overview of the project:

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PM launches “Saubhagya” scheme for complete national electrification

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on September 25, 2017, launched a new scheme “Saubhagya” (Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana) to ensure electrification of all willing households in the country in rural as well as urban areas, by December 31, 2018. As per current estimates, around 4 crore households out of a total of 25 crore are still devoid of an electricity connection.

The scheme has the following salient features:

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‘India’s electrical equipment exports could reach $ 25 billion in 10 years’

IEEMA (Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association) applauded the vision of Government of India’s ambitious campaign Make in India at its Annual Convention, held on September 22, 2017, focused on ‘MAKE IN INDIA- Enhancing Global Footprint’.

Over the years, the Indian electrical equipment industry has developed an expanded, matured and strong manufacturing base with a robust supply chain and rugged performance design of products. The Industry has focused on modernization, automation-enhancement for meeting the international standards and specifications. Also the electrical components and systems manufactured in India are increasingly achieving the level of quality and performance that is acceptable to both developing as well as developed countries.

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New e-commerce portal by Vashi Electricals

Vashi Electricals, one of the India’s largest channel partners recently launched an e-commerce portal under its flagship brand name,, for its consumers and businesses to shop on the web. Through its portal, the company has begun selling motors, wires and cables, switchgear, gearboxes, motors and allied electrical products, online.

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India successfully completes online testing of 765kV transformer

The Indian electrical equipment industry recently crossed a new milestone when the newly-commissioned National High Power Test Laboratory Pvt Ltd (NHPTL) successfully tested a 765kV power transformer at its Bina test centre in Madhya Pradesh.

A senior official of NHPTL confirmed that NHPTL has successfully commissioned its grid-based 765kV class state-of-the-art Short Circuit Testing Laboratory at Bina, Madhya Pradesh. The first commercial short circuit test on a 765kV class transformer was conducted on September 11, 2017. With respect to online testing, this is indeed the first instance of its kind in the world.

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Power Grid commissions transmission scheme in Himachal

JSW Energy’s 1,000-mw Karcham Wangtoo hydropower plant in Himachal Pradesh

Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has commissioned the Kala Amb transmission project in Himachal Pradesh. PGCIL had won the project under the tariff-based competitive bidding route, quoting an annualized tariff of 59.43 crore.

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Otis strengthens position in AP with new Vijayawada office

With a new office in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, Otis Elevator Company (India) Ltd is ready to meet the growing demand in the region. The new office strengthens the company’s existing service presence and will cater to the growing demand for vertical transport solutions in the city and surrounding areas, enabling Otis to develop closer relationships with customers to better serve them, a release from Otis India said.

“We have had a strong presence in Vijayawada for a long while with many reputed customers. The growth that the city promises further prompted our desire to be closer to customers by establishing this new office,” said Sebi Joseph, President, Otis India. Otis already works closely with BVR mall and India American Hospital in Vijayawada, the release added.

Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. Otis India has the largest elevator and escalator service network in-country with approximately 80 centers, covering approximately 300 cities and towns. It also recently expanded its manufacturing facility at Bengaluru in Karnataka.