Special Stories


Reforming power distribution

IEEMA recently organized “DistribuELEC 2019” event in Mumbai. The event had a series of covenant conferences and panel discussions where extensive deliberations on the Indian power distribution sector took place. This story by Venugopal Pillai, based on views expressed by various speakers at these conferences, attempts to dwell upon key issues affecting the Indian power distribution sector.

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TBCB route proposed for major transmission scheme in Gujarat


The National Committee on Transmission (NCT), in a recent meeting, has recommended the tariff-based competitive bidding (TBCB) route for a major transmission project in Gujarat.

The transmission scheme, officially known as “Western Region System Strengthening Scheme – 21 (Part A and Part B)” is expected to cost a little over Rs.2,700 crore.

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NCT recommends scrapping of Himachal Pradesh transmission scheme


The National Committee on Transmission (NCT) in its recent meeting has recommended the de-notification of a power transmission scheme in Himachal Pradesh, as the committee expected significant delay in the commissioning of the underlying power generation projects.

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TBCB power transmission projects dwindle


Over the past one year, there has been no appreciable movement in interregional power transmission projects awarded under the tariff-based competitive bidding (TBCB) mechanism, as gauged from official statistics released by Central Electricity Authority. Given that the TBCB mechanism is a very important dimension of reforms in the power sector, this sluggishness is worrisome, notes Venugopal Pillai.

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The new paradigms in power T&D

IEEMA New paradigms

Industry body Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) recently held its annual convention in Mumbai. The convention, which anchored around the theme “Go Global,” sought to create a roadmap for Indian electrical equipment manufacturers to turn globally competitive. An eminent panel not only deliberated on the said theme but also imparted keen insights on the changing dynamics in the Indian power T&D sector. This special story is based on gleanings from this panel discussion.

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T&D contractors see positive changes in policy framework


Augmenting power transmission capacity is one of India’s foremost objectives as the country strives to transfer an ever growing quantum of power—from generation centres to far-flung consumption areas. Laying overhead power transmission lines is a highly land-centric activity, which is often fraught with difficulties and unpleasant surprises. T&D India got in touch with leading power transmission contractors to understand the ground-level challenges and how the fraternity is working towards surmounting them.

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PGCIL keen to support intrastate transmission grids


Central transmission utility Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) whose main mandate is development of interregional lines, is willing to support the development of even intrastate power transmission infrastructure, noted I.S. Jha, Chairman & Managing Director, PGCIL. Jha was speaking to T&D India at the sidelines of the company’s recent press conference in Mumbai.

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Electrification: From villages to households


On April 28, 2018, India crossed a very important social milestone—that of achieving 100 per cent village electrification. The Prime Minister, in his Independence Day speech of 2015, had vowed that all the then non-electrified villages, numbering 18,452, will be electrified in 1,000 days thence, which worked out to May 11, 2018. The government announced that with the electrification of Leisang village in Manipur, all villages now stand electrified. Thus, the 1,000-day electrification target was achieved with around 12 days to spare.

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Sterling and Wilson sees immense opportunities in T&D sector

Sterling and Wilson

Shapoorji Paloonji Group company Sterling and Wilson sees major opportunities in the power transmission and distribution (T&D) sector. Speaking at a select media roundtable in Mumbai, Pradyot Kumar Paine, Chief Operating Officer of the power T&D division of Sterling and Wilson, said that the company has end-to-end capabilities in the power T&D sector projects. “We are ready to deliver anything in the power T&D space across voltages from 415V all the way to 765kV, right from engineering to procurement to construction,” was how Paine summarized the capabilities of the power T&D division of his company.

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Railway electrification: A growth wave in the making

Railway Electrification

Even as conventional power T&D contractors are busy with routine government works that range from augmenting capacity of the National Grid right down to household electrification, there is another growth wave in the making—railway electrification.

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