PGCIL Commissions Raigarh-Pugalur HVDC Pole I Transmission System

State-owned Maharatna company Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) has successfully commissioned Pole-1 of the Raigarh-Pugalur High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission system. This system will facilitate power flow of 1500 MW from Western Region to Southern Region ensuring reliable and quality power supply.

September 11, 2020. By Manu Tayal

State-owned Maharatna company Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL) has successfully commissioned Pole-1 of the Raigarh-Pugalur High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission system.

It comprised of 1500 MW + 800 kV, Raigarh HVDC terminal station (Chhattisgarh) and Pugalur HVDC terminal station (Tamil Nadu) along with 1765 kms long ± 800 kV, HVDC line from Raigarh to Pugalur and 2 nos. of HVAC lines in Tamil Nadu.

According to the Gurugram-headquartered transmission major, this system will facilitate power flow of 1500 MW from Western Region to Southern Region ensuring reliable and quality power supply.

Further, the company, also known as PowerGrid, has completed this gigantic system despite many challenges and lockdown restrictions encountered during coronavirus pandemic due to its professional expertise and project management capabilities.

Moreover, the pole-I having a 1500 MW capacity, is the first leg of the 6000 MW Raigarh – Pugalur HVDC Project, between Western and Southern Region, which is envisaged for evacuation of bulk power generated by Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in the state of Chhattisgarh using the State-of-the-Art HVDC technology.

However, the implementation of balance portion of this project is in advanced stage and will be integrated in a phased manner during FY 2020-21.

Meanwhile, PGCIL is a Maharatna Enterprise under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. With the use of maintenance techniques, automation and digitization, the company has been maintaining average transmission system availability above 99 per cent.

As on August 31, 2020, the total transmission assets of PGCIL and its subsidiaries stood at 164,511 ckm of transmission lines, 249 Sub-stations and over 414,774 MVA of transformation capacity.

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