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Technology | January 2014

Govt has adopted various innovative steps to prevent from losses

With an objective to prevent from AT&C losses in the state, the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Limited (KPTCL) has planned high voltage distribution systems, bifurcation of irrigation pump set feeders from rural feeders, smart meters and distribution transformer metering. G Kumar Naik, Managing Director, KPTCL, in an interaction with Pradeep Pandey.

How are you addressing the challenges of aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses in your state?
The government has implemented the Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (R-APDRP) to reduce the AT&C losses in the state. Work is likely to be completed by 31 March 2014 in major cities and towns, and the programme is aimed to bring down AT&C losses below 15 per cent in five years. At present, AT&C losses in Karnataka are approximately 20.6 per cent.

What innovative steps has the state utility undertaken to prevent such losses?
Distribution companies have planned high-voltage distribution systems (HVDS), bifurcation of irrigation pump set feeders from rural feeders under the Niranthara Jyothi scheme, smart meters in city area, use of ABC and distribution transformer metering. These are the innovative steps taken to prevent losses.

What technologies has KPTCL used to modernise its systems?
KPTCL uses state-of-the-art SCADA for monitoring the state's grid. All the sub-stations in KPTCL are connected through SCADA. Minute-to-minute data regarding the status of sub-stations are obtained in the State Load Dispatch Centre.

How much capex has the company planned for FY14?
During FY 2013-14, capex plan for the trans¡mission sector is Rs 1,400 crore. By next year, we also plan to commission 30 new sub stations, augment 40 sub stations with higher capacity and add 550 km of new transmission lines.

Of late, KPTCL has been working on various projects. Can you provide some details?
The major challenge that the power industry faces is to harness new generation coming up in the northern part of Karnataka and to transmit it to the load centre, i.e., the southern part. KPTCL has prepared a comprehensive plan for evacuating these generation (4,100 MW), which is located in the northern part of Karnataka. The organisation has also proposed to add about 1,000 km of 400 kV line with three 400 kV stations during the next four years. This will be a major challenge in coming days.

However, transmission instalments are still one of the most challenging parts as far as power supply is concerned. How do you see the prospects ahead?
As CTU (PGCIL) has planned 'One Nation, One Grid' by 2014, it becomes a major challenge to exchange power from central to state grid. Hence, in a long term, a 10-year Perspective Plan (2012-22) is prepared for strengthening the transmission network.

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