Major works under Transgrid-2.0, the ambitious Power Department initiative to strengthen the transmission network within the state, would be completed in five years at an estimated expense of Rs 6,375 crore.
The state government gave administrative sanction for rolling out Transgrid-2.0 in two phases with funding via the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB), the statutory body which raises money for big infrastructure projects. Designed by the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) with a total financial outlay of Rs 9,425.37 crore, Transgrid-2.0 aims at scaling potentially crippling handicaps in power transmission inside Kerala and in bringing electricity from outside.
Multi-circuit lines linking 400 kV substations, five new 400 kV substations and 220 kV substations in 26 locations are among the initiatives planned under Transgrid-2.0. The KSEB board had cleared the project in February. Kerala imports roughly 70 percent of its daily power demand from outside, as power generation within the state is more or less stagnant. However, the demand is expected to shoot up phenomenally, though the state lacks the transmission network for bringing more power from outside. The 18th Electric Power Survey projects the state's daily peak-hour demand to shoot up to 4,900 MW by 2017-18, 6,398 MW by 2022-2023 and 12,000 MW by the end of the 15th five-year plan in 2032. Going by this projection, the state would need to add an import capability of 2000 MW by 2018, 4000 MW by 2022 and 8000 MW by 2032 to the existing network. Transgrid-2.0 is seen as the solution to this problem.
Source- Indian Express