Laying of Transmission Line Upto Thar Coalfield
- Name of Scheme: Laying of Transmission Line up to Thar Coalfields
- Scope: Keeping in view the possible evacuation of 10,000 MW from Thar coal field within next 5-10 years NTDC with the support ADB funding has initiated a feasibility study for laying of Transmission line upto Thar Coal fields.
- NTDC has hired consultant for the above Feasibility Study for construction of about 1300 KM Transmission Line for initially for Dispersal of 2500-3000 MW power from the coal projects to the up-country load centers.
- The selection process has been completed and the report sent to ADB on 3.10.2009 for concurrence.
- The present scope of the Study costing about US $ 3.5 Million funded by ADB originally covered imported Coal Plant. This is intended to be enhanced to also cover the dispersal of power from the proposed 1000 MW Thar Coal Plant.
- The process / configuration of transmission system (including line / grid /switching station) will actually cater for the evacuation of at least 10,000 MW of power – it can also be replicated for an additional 10,000 MW.
- The required transmission network along with the voltage level (HV DC or AC) would be decided based on the outcome of the Feasibility Study and the revised PC-1 will be prepared accordingly.
The timeline for completion of the above feasibility report is fixed as 12 months from the date of issuance of LOA.
Ministry of Water & Power through NTDC has awarded preparation of feasibility work for laying of Transmission Lines to M/s SNC Lavlin. During Recent Meetings with NTDC, the NTDC has communicated that SNC Lavlin is going to complete feasibility during Nov-Dec 2010. NTDC plans to submit PC-I based on Feasibility by end of 2010. Total estimated funding required for laying of transmission line is approx $ 1.0 billion. Keeping in view the huge scale of funding required, Ministry of Water and Power has to expedite early preparation and approval of PC-I so that Funds can be tapped from international funding agencies.