Ethos Power delivers World Bank funded Power Substations in record time

Ethos has successfully delivered two 220 KV Power Substations funded by the World Bank under its US$ 410 million Haryana Power System Improvement (HPSI) Program. The EHV Substations were completed in record 11 months i.e. 4 months ahead of schedule.

Ethos Power led consortium bagged the World Bank funded package in an International Competitive Bidding (ICB) that saw the participation of international energy majors such as Isolux Ingenieria SA (Madrid, Spain), Sterling & Wilson and Shreem Electric.

The newly set up power transmission assets will inject 400 MW energy into the grid and significantly improve the power availability in the towns of Panchkula and Pinjore as well as augment the energy transmission capacity for the industrial towns of Baddi and Kunihar in the state of Himachal Pradesh. These substations are equipped with state-of-the-art control, protection and automation systems based on IEC 61850 open protocol to enable communication between critical systems within the substation and the grid beyond.

The above said achievement is significant keeping in view India’s current inability to fully meet its peak levels of power demand despite having installed capacity to generate almost twice its volume due to power evacuation and transmission bottleneck. It is the biggest hurdle for India in achieving its target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy capacity and an investment of Rs.2.60 trillion is estimated by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for evacuation and transmission of Renewable Energy till 2022. Almost 46,000 MW of installed power capacity in India is stranded because of inadequate transmission and distribution infrastructure.

However, as well documented as its woes are, there has been a steady flow of positive developments that have lately occurred within the power transmission space. Both new and established private sector players have stepped up to the plate by delivering power evacuation projects ahead of schedule.