Economic Times: November, 2015
New Delhi: The government will soon invite bids for transmission projects estimated to cost about Rs 12,000 crore. These are part of Rs 1 lakh crore of investment planned in the sector.
In the pipeline is the Warangal project, estimated to cost around Rs 9,000 crore. The second project is in Odisha and is estimated cost Rs 3,000 crore.
According to sources, the government would call bids for the Warangal project in January and those for the Odisha project next month.
The government has already identified six entities that are qualified to bid for the Odisha project: Power Grid Corporation of India, Sterlite Grid, Adani Transmission, Kalpataru Power Transmission, Essel Infraprojects, and a consortium of Gayatri Projects & Megha Engineering & Infrastructures.
The Warangal project is for an additional inter-regional link for transmitting power to the southern region. The Warora-Warangal, Hyderabad-Kurnool 765kV link has been planned to ease energy flow into South India. Grid lines to South India remain congested due to low capacity.
South India faces severe power shortages. Even after the import of about 4000 MW, the regional power deficit is 8.4 per cent, or about 3,270 MW. This situation has arisen mainly due to delays and deferment of generation projects and also because of non-availability of gas for existing gas projects in the region.
The existing and planned system can facilitate import of about 9,000-10,000 MW into the southern region. However, under certain scenarios of non-availability or delay in commissioning of some of the generation projects, the expected power transfer requirement is about 16,000 MW by 2018-19. In view of the large deficit and requirement of transmission systems to meet future requirements, high-capacity Inter-regional strengthening schemes were identified and approved during the 37th Standing Committee on Power System Planning of Southern Region.
The Warangal project is part of the identified schemes. The Odisha project would be evacuating at least some 7,000 MW from power producers. The projects that would use the line are Sterlite Energy Ltd (2,400 MW), GMR Kamalanga Energy Ltd (350 MW), OPGC (1,320 MW), NTPC's Darlipalli (1,600 MW) and NSL Nagapatnam Power & Infratech (1,320 MW).
The project will involve establishment, operation and maintenance on a build, own, operate and maintain basis, and completion of all the activities for the project, including survey, detailed project report formulation, arranging finance, project management, necessary consents, clearances and permits, land compensation, design, engineering, equipment, material, construction, erection, testing and commissioning.