Within just a year, the country’s power capacity has cultivated 29 percent, to 40 Giga-watt. Expansion here and the give attention to expanding wind and solar electricity are also shrinking the time frame to place up related transmission systems.
At present, thermal electricity contributes 69 percent to India’s total installed capacity. As the country organized capacity additions in the thermal and hydropower portion, it also allowed transmission organizations a longer time frame. This can be now changing.
“The construction of new lines (for hydro and thermal) might take 3 to 5 years, while construction of any new sun photovoltaic or PV power Plant might only take doze months or a little more, ” said Vivek Sharma, the director of CRISIL Infrastructure Advisory.
Transmission organizations are seeing this change in the orders being put by clients. “Majority of our clients are functioning towards dipping the project timelines,” said Manish Mohnot, MD of Kalpataru Power Transmission.
This thing has led organizations to focus further on technology up-gradation and recruits. “Cutting-edge technology and talent are two key elements to overcome the challenges of energy delivery. We are heavily investing in technology to plan and do transmission projects successfully, inch said Pratik Agarwal the CEO of Sterlite Power. In the past one full year, India’s alternative energy capacity increased to 50, 018 megawatt (Mw) from 38, 821.5 Mw. In February, the country doubled its solar power park power capacity goal to 40 Giga-Watt by 2020, from 20 Giga-Watt. The 2020 target for wind power is placed at 60 Giga-Watt.
“It is logical, with a centrally planned approach, to commence grid construction some time prior to the PV electricity plant. Recent initiatives have endeavored to add to this method with more proactive, long-term planning, including the Green Corridors Report which has determined key green pockets. Accordingly, Power-Grid got started the exercise for developing associated transmission facilities well in advance to the actual development of solar projects, “said Mr. Sharma from CRISIL.
Officers from Power-Grid are assured that transmission lines would be ready in time for evacuation of ability, as the renewable energy capacity goes on-stream. “This is being achieved through two ways. One is saving money Corridor program, which has planned for transmission lines ahead of time. Second, by executing projects in a modular system, taking the transmission project stage by phase with the generation project, “said Mr. Jha, the chairman of Power Grid.
However, transmission organizations could face problems beyond their control. “The total time from going to commission of an indication project is largely based mostly on various external factors such as land purchase, access to infrastructure needs, financing availability etc. Except if these external challenges are mitigated, the time available to build transmission lines is unlikely to reduce, “said Mr. Sharma.
Mukund Sapre, MD of IL&FS Engineering and Construction, added: “Towards the finish of 2015, the ministry of electricity issued guidelines for standard compensation for land acquired. This is still to be adopted whatsoever assignments. “