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Green corridor gets a boost

Green corridor gets a boost


State government allocates Rs. 240 crore for the purpose for FY 2017-18. The green corridor infrastructure being created by the AP-Transco to evacuate the renewable energy from production sites and inject it into the grid got a significant boost with the State government allocating . The amount for FY 2017-18 is towards the State’s share of the capital cost in the Externally Aided Projects (EAP). With this, Transco is in a position to speed up the green corridor works to handle the increasing generation of solar and wind energies, particularly the capacity additions being made in Kurnool and Anantapur districts. The government has targeted capacity addition of 510 MW (500 solar and 10 wind) under the State sector generation programme for 2017-18. A total sum of approximately Rs. 361 crore has been sanctioned to the Energy Department for the current year towards capital infusion in the renewable space.

Power-for-All schemes

Meanwhile, AP-Transco has laid greater emphasis on the Power-for-All (PFA) schemes for which Rs. 100 crore has been earmarked for 2017-18 towards the State’s share. The PFA schemes are among the EAP being supported by the Central government. Another major expansion undertaken by the Energy Department is the addition of 29 substations – 4×400 kV, 13×220 kV and 12×132 kV – during 2017-18. In addition, there will be 1,872 Circuit Kilometres (CKM) of 400 kV lines and 786 and 422 CKM of 220 kV and 132 kV lines respectively. These are intended to meet the growing demand for power and reduce the technical and commercial losses which have been pegged at 9.8 % in 2016-17 compared to 10.57 % recorded in the previous year.

Transco has at present 277 substations (9×400 kV, 80×220 kV and 188×132 kV and a total of 21,719 CKM of 400 kV, 220 kV and 132 kV lines. A High Voltage Distribution Scheme costing nearly Rs. 300 crore that will provide quality power supply to 56,700 agricultural services is being executed by Transco in seven districts. This would provide uninterrupted supply to the farm sector during the stipulated hours.

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network


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