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the 24X7 power for all vision a reality, the need of the hour is to plug this huge deficiency in distribution infrastructure and be ready to accommodate the augmented generation capabilities. Big capital expenditure would be required to create the additional power distribution Infrastructure over the next five years and investment in the transmission sector could touch $80-100 billion, according to reports. The spinoffs of such projects to augment transmission and distribution infrastructure would also be significant, propelling demand for power conductors, insulators, transmission towers, substation equipment (power transformers, switchgears/ panels), IT/OT technologies, etc. So, clearly, companies engaged in the manufacture of these products will need to firm up their business strategy to make hay while the sun shines, because an enormous amount of opportunities are going to unfold on the back of the megabucks being pumped into the T&D sector by public and private companies. A big setback for the T&D segment was the abject failure of the Accelerated Power Development & Reform Programme (APDRP), which was launched in 2001 to strengthen the transmission and distribution network and whittle down AT&C (aggregate technical and commercial) losses to below 15% in five years in urban and POWER SECTOR high-density areas. This was to be achieved by automating and integrating IT. But the programme never had its desired effect. A more modern and effective approach would be an MV & LV network to stem the AT&C losses, involving vehicles like self-healing distribution grid, addition of distribution transformers, introducing smart meters, feeder segregation, moving from overhead to underground network, etc. At India Power, we have pared the T&D losses in our system from an already low 3.5% to 2.7%, which is among the best in the country. With our ring-main system along with back-up power supply sources, we are able to maintain an interruptionfree distribution system for supplying power to 250MVA of connected load. We are working simultaneously on several fronts to ensure technical upgrade of the existing distribution network to ensure safety of consumers and stability of power supply �� We are working simultaneously on several fronts to ensure technical upgrade of the existing distribution network to ensure safety of consumers and stability of power supply 77 energetica INDIA · MAY | JUN16


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