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National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) dedicated to nation

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Union Minister of Power, Shri Sushilkumar ShindeOn 25-02-2009, Union Minister of Power, Shri Sushil kumar Shinde dedicated the National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) of POWERGRID to the Nation at New Delhi in the presence of Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, Dr. Yoganand Shastri, Speaker, Delhi Vidhan Sabha and other dignitaries.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Shinde said that the NLDC will facilitate optimal exchange of power between regions. He said that with the NLDC in place the grid security at the national level will be considerably improved as it will provide real time information at one centralized location. He expressed hope that the NLDC will play an important role as a nodal agency for power exchanges.

Congratulating the POWERGRID for creating the facility, the Minister said that the PSU today stands tall as one of the largest transmission utility in the world and is well known for its operational excellence and timely execution of transmission
projects. He also complimented the POWERGRID team for its commendable achievement of avoiding any major grid disturbance in the country for the last six years.

In her address, Smt. Sheila Dikshit said that though the NLDC is located in Delhi, as a monitoring and supervising body, it
will play a crucial role to ensure smooth and uninterrupted electricity through out the country. She said that it will facilitate avoidance of cascade trippings and maximization of inter-regional energy transfers.

Interacting with the media persons on the sidelines, Shri Sushilkumar Shinde expressed confidence that about 90,000 MW capacity will be added during the current Five Year Plan which is roughly four times the capacity added in any previous Plan periods.

Reiterating a firm commitment for Power for All by 2012, the Minister said that the 11th Plan has set a target of 78,700 MW for capacity addition, in addition to a capacity of 12,000 MW from captive power plants and about 14,000 MW from renewables. As against this target, Shri Shinde said, a capacity of 12,000 MW has already been commissioned till date and 68,000 MW is under construction with orders already placed.

The NLDC is linked with the 5 RLDCs which in turn are connected to 31 State Load Despatch Centres (SLDCs). The NLDC at Delhi is also having a “back up” facility at ERLDC, Kolkata to take care of any eventualities. Set up at a cost of Rs.45 Crores, the NLDC & RLDCs have been provided with state-of-art technology.

The NLDC will be the apex body for ensuring integrated operation of the National Grid and power system in the country. The NLDC will facilitate optimum scheduling and despatch of electricity across Regional boundaries thus ensuring equitable utilization of surplus power countrywide while ensuring economy, efficiency, stability and security of the National Grid.

Establishment of National Grid by POWERGRID is facilitating exchange of surplus power from one part of the country to another thus catering to the demand in deficit states. POWERGRID plans to enhance the capacity of National Grid from 18,700MW to more than 37,000 MW by the end of 11th Plan through strengthening of Regional Grids by building more inter-regional links.

Over a period of 17 years, POWERGRID, a Navratna PSE, has emerged as one of the largest and best managed Transmission Utilities in the world and is playing a strategic role in Indian Power Sector. At present, POWERGRID is operating around 69,500 ckt. kms. of transmission lines and 117 Substations with a transformation capacity of 77,200 MVA.

Source- PIB


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