According to reports, Transmission Corporation of Andhra Pradesh has stepped up efforts to execute high tension evacuation lines and sub-stations in the State ahead of their schedule.
By March, it expects to complete several major 400 kV sub-stations and lines. These include Shankarpally sub-station by October, Bhoopalapally-Gajwel line by December, Vijayawada thermal power station -Malkaram line by 2013, Krishnapatnam Nellore Quad-double circuit line of 36 km by March and Yeddumailaram-Gajwel line also by March.
According to a statement from AP Transco, the strengthening of the transmission lines is critical as new power plants are ready to be completed.
The corporation has directed contractors to complete them as per schedule to meet the increased demand power requirement.
According to estimates, energy demand during kharif sowing operations has shot up to 293 million units during the year leaving a demand supply mismatch.
Hiralal Samaria, Chairman and Managing Director of AP Transco, while asking the engineering staff to closely monitor the work progress said that defaulting contractors will be blacklisted.
According to the current trend, power demand is going up by about 13 per cent per year on an average and there is need to strengthen transmission lines to keep pace with fresh capacity addition.
The completion of these transmission lines would help the utility evacuate power from new capacity addition. Power plants are coming up in the Nellore region and expansion projects are now under way.
The State’s ability to buy additional power from Central generating stations in the North from unallocated pool is hampered due to limitations of evacuation lines from North and east to South. Efforts are under way to strengthen the lines. The Power Grid Corporation is also strengthening the system by setting up new lines.