Cyclone ‘Biparjoy’: Union Power Minister Reviews Preparations For Power supply For Coastal Areas Of Gujarat And Rajasthan

POWERGRID sets up 24X7 control rooms at Manesar and Vadodara; National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) continuously monitoring grid

R.K. Singh, Union Power Minister today held a meeting with senior officers of Ministry of Power, Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Grid Controller of India and PGCIL for reviewing the preparations for maintenance of power supply in coastal areas of Gujarat and Rajasthan which are likely to be affected by Cyclone ‘Biparjoy‘. He also discussed various necessary arrangements with Power Minister of Gujarat on phone. Union Power Minister gave strict instructions to all concerned to continuously monitor the situation and take all necessary steps for maintaining the stable grid supply to the States likely to be affected and also make arrangements for Emergency Restoration System (ERS) along with necessary men and material to be stationed at the strategic locations so that restoration works can be taken up without any delay. Shri R.K. Singh also instructed PGCIL to extend all possible support and assistance to Gujarat Power Department for restoration of State Transmission Lines and distribution network.

POWERGRID is closely monitoring the weather conditions and its transmission system regularly and 24X7 control rooms have been set up at Manesar and Vadodara.

Following precautionary measures as per CEA’s ‘Crisis Management plan for power sector’ and POWERGRID’s “Crisis and Disaster Management Plan” have been taken up :-

a) Availability of ERS towers along with ERS trained manpower at strategic locations
b) Availability of Fitters along with vehicle and T&P
c) Availability of spared for transmission line and sub-station
d) DG sets, dewatering pumps, diesel for vehicle, Emergency lights, transformer oil etc.
e) Special patrolling of transmission lines in the vicinity of coastal areas, and
f) Tie up for Hydra, Cranes and gas cutter

The National Load Despatch Centre (NLDC) is continuously monitoring grid supply in these States for monitoring variations in load or generation and to take timely action to ensure stable operation of the Grid and also for alternative supply through other transmission lines in the best possible manner. NLDC has also identified the power generating stations, transmission lines and sub-stations which might get affected and has already prepared a detailed contingency plan to deal with every likely situation.

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