Jajpur, October 12 (Odisha.in) Power supply to Kalinga Nagar industrial complex area, the emerging steel hub in Orissa’s Jajpur district, has improved thanks to the completion of 220 KV DC line connecting Kuchei in Mayurbhanj district and Balasore sub stations.
The Orissa Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (OPTCL) had assigned the work to Bhubaneswar based firm AK Das Associates Ltd (AKD).
AKD completed it in 16 months even though the Balasore- Kuchei 55 km stretch is perennially waterlogged and was particularly bad this year due to repeated floods.
In fact, the industrial units coming up Kalinga Nagar industrial area are dependent on availability of power in 400/220 KV New Duburi grid which was to be connected with Meramundali in Dhenkanal district.
The steel companies are in agreement with OPTCL for their power requirement and installed their respective steel plants.
However, the New Duburi- Meramundali line is likely to take another couple of years which is why the Balasore-Kuchei 220 KV line assumed importance since it will make available more power to Duburi grid in Kalinga Nagar.
After the line was synchronised on Friday, many industrial units in Kalinga Nagerindustrial complex area such as Visa Steels, Rohit Ferro Tech, Maithan Ispat and Power, Jindal Stainless, Dinabandhu Steel, KJ Ispat and others plant will be able avail to get their requisite power.
Duburi Electricity High Tension (EHT) grid Assistant General Manager, Budheswar Nanda said, “Earlier, Balasore and some of the area of Mayurbhanj district were depending on Duburi grid in Kalinga Nagar.
They used to consume 140 MW power and by connecting 220 KV DC line to Kuchei and Balasore sub stations we saved 70 MW for our industries in Kalinga Nager as many parts of the Mayurbhanj district to get power from the alternative source.
To ensure uninterrupted and surplus power to the industrial complex area we are also expediting the construction of Paraddep- Duburi 220 KV line on war footing to save another 160 MW. Presently power supply to both Kendrapara and Paradeep are being supplied from the Duburi grid.”
The line will also be able to generate more revenue for OPTCL and Nesco. AKD which carried out the work erected as many as 236 towers in the 55 km stretch.