Sterlite Grid Limited (SGL) has announced another milestone achievement with the successful commissioning of two lines and two substations of the Bhopal-Dhule Transmission (BDTCL) project. The BDTCL project involves establishment of four 765 kV Single Circuit and two 400 kV Double Circuit transmission lines to strengthen the transmission system in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. The project has been awarded on a ’Build, Own, Operate and Maintain’ (BOOM) basis, wherein the transmission lines will be commissioned within 3 years and the company would operate and maintain the same for a minimum tenure of 35 years thereafter.
The company commissioned and put into operation two 765kV substations, each having capacity of 3,000 MW at Bhopal and Dhule and 765kV single circuit transmission lines connecting Bhopal to Indore and Dhule to Aurangabad.This network will facilitate the transfer of up to 5,000 MW of electricity from the coal-belt in the east, to the energy hungry regions of western and northern India. This network will also provide energy stability to the industrial belts of Indore, Dewas and Aurangabad.
Sterlite was able to commissions these lines and substations in record time despite severe right-of-way issues and tremendous delays in forest clearances. To overcome these challenges and to expedite the project execution, Sterlite has introduced helicopter stringing for the first time in India. The commissioned parts of the project represent 62% of the total tariff of the BDTCL project. The balance elements of this project are in advanced stages of completion and will be commissioned in the coming months.