State-run Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) operationalised its ultra-high voltage 1200 kV National Test Station (NTS) at Bina in Madhya Pradesh, which will help increase power carrying capacity.
The NTS is a research and development project which now will be be monitored for two years and after that the Central Electricity Authority will take a call on replicating this technology in various parts of the country.
Power Grid Chairman and Managing Director I S Jha inaugurated the commencement of power flow through 1200kV National Test Station (NTS) established at Bina, Madhya Pradesh by the company, a press statement said.
According to statement, this 1,200 kV station has the power carrying capacity which is five to six times more than the 400 kV stations for transmission of power. Thus this station will augment country's transmission capacity many folds.
Power Grid Corp set up this station with the help of Indian Manufacturers under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) model with active support of Central Power Research Institute and Central Electricity Authority.
The test station consists of two 1200 kV bays with 1200kV S/C & D/C Test lines of a km each. 1200 kV equipment developed by 35 Indian manufacturers including BHEL, Crompton and Toshiba, are being field tested under energised condition earlier and now commenced power flow through these equipment.
On this occasion, Jha said in the statement, "This will be a milestone in introduction of UHVAC technology in Indian Power Sector and such initiatives should be taken in future also for the benefit of the country."
He stated that this development is lauded by the central government and attracted the attention of International standardisation utilities and professional bodies like CIGRE, IEC.