Monday, November 29, 1999

Centre seeks S Korea`s help to reduce T&D losses

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The Union power ministry has sought South Korea's help to take forward its Rs 5,000 crore Restructured Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP), which primarily aims at making the power distribution sector commercially viable through reduction of transmission and distribution loss.Bharat Singh Solanki, Union minister of power for state, at an interactive session on achieving power for all by 2015, organised by the Merchants' Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, said a Korean team of power sector equipment manufacturers will visit India in October and hold discussions with various distribution companies to find out whether technologies can be shared to bring down India's transmission and distribution (T&D) losses, the main hindrance to distribution companies' commercial viability.Korea, he said, has the most efficient technology in managing T&D loss. While India's average T&D loss at present was 29%, Korea's was only 3.99%.The R- APDRP has aimed at bringing down the national T&D loss to 15% by the end of the 11 th plan period.In fact, the government first launched APDRP in 2003 with an aim to bring down the national average T&D loss to 10% from around 40% then. But under the APDRP scheme, which continued till 2008, national T&D loss reduced by only 5% though some states like West Bengal was able to bring down T&D loss by 25% at around 15%.In July 2008, the government launched the Rs 5,000 crore R- APDRP and earmarked Rs 31,577 crore as grants to the distribution companies that would undertake programmes under the R-APDRP.GD Gautama, West Bengal's additional chief secretary for power, told Fe that R- APDRP has first sought to address the issues of un-metered power supply and proper data acquisition system, after which system upgradation and equipment modernisation has to be done. The system upgradation would be first done in towns and cities with a population of 30,000 and above, he added.Solanki said the Korean companies will hold match-making sessions to find suitable Indian partners to form joint ventures and put up manufacturing facilities in India. These manufacturing facilities will produce equipment which will help in reducing T&D losses and thus bring down average technical and commercial (AT&C) losses.The distribution companies may also form JVs with Korean companies for equipment manufacturing, Solanki added.

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