PTC, PowerGrid In Pact For Transmission

Mumbai, December 22: | Updated: Dec 23 2002, 05:30am hrs
The state-run Power Trading Corporation (PTC) has entered into an agreement with PowerGrid Corporation for construction of the Indian portion of a 132 KV double circuit line between Anandnagar in Uttar Pradesh and Butwal in Nepal to enhance the quantum of Indo-Nepal power exchange. The agreement would remain operative till March, 2007 with a provision for extension.

Mr A Mohan Menon, additional vice president of PTC told FE that PTC would pay future charges for the transmission line to be constructed, operated and maintained by PowerGrid. He said that power exchange between the India and Nepal has been taking place through about a score of tie lines, mostly at 11 KV and 33 KV levels along the border with Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. However, bulk power has not been possible with Nepal unlike Bhutan with whom PTC was already trading around 400 mw of power.

Mr Menon said that to overcome this constraint three 132 KV Indo-Nepal lines were proposed to be constructed in the next couple of years. Of these, the Anandnagar-Butwal line would link the power starved northern region directly. He pointed out that PowerGrid, which is a central transmission utility, would construct 132 KV line at an estimated cost of Rs 18.5 crore with look in loop out (LILO) of one circuit at Maharajgunj substation in Uttar Pradesh along with associated bays.

He said that Nepal has already indicated that it would be surplus in power by about 100 to 150 mw from May to October for next 15 years. He added that the PTC was examining the modalities of a long term agreement for cross border exchange of power with Nepal and plans to discuss this issue with Nepal Electricity Authority in the forthcoming Indo-Nepal power meeting.

The Corporation was also in the process of identifying long term offtakers for power from Nepal as a back to back arrangement.