Power department commissions first Gas insulated substation at Lassipora

Power department commissions first Gas insulated substation at Lassipora
Officials informed that it is the first gas insulated substation of Jammu and Kashmir Power Transmission Corporation Limited (JKPTCL) which has been commissioned in Union Territory. [Representational Image]Special arrangement

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir’s Power Department has commissioned the first of its kind – Gas insulated substation (GIS) at Lassipora which has given a boost to power scenario in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

The officials informed that in next three months, three more GIS will be commissioned to augment further power supply in Kashmir.

Officials informed that it is the first gas insulated substation of Jammu and Kashmir Power Transmission Corporation Limited (JKPTCL) which has been commissioned in Union Territory.

Chief Engineer, JKPTCL, Hashmat Qazi said, “It is the latest generation of grid stations. The old one was AIS (air insulated) for which you need a lot of land, structures, equipment and a very long gestation period. In case of GIS requirement of land is about 1/5th , the equipment is more like plug and play which takes much less time for erecting. Above all it is least susceptible to faults. The power outages from grid side are minimised to the least.”

While speaking about the positive impact commission of GIS Lassipora will have on power transmission to Pulwama district, Qazi said “When it comes to the transmission capacity of Pulwama, last year the district was mainly fed from 132/33 kV major grids namely Pampore, Awantipora and Lassipora which were all sourced through 220/132 kV grid sub Station Pampore only.”

“This year a big development has taken place as the JKPTCL was successful in commissioning of 160 MVA, 220/33 kV Gas insulated substation which is first of its kind in Kashmir. The newly Commissioned GIS Substation was put on load with the record figures of 85 MWs as on date, thereby leaving behind an unutilized capacity of 55 MWs as such the district Pulwama has turned up the first district in the valley with no allocation constraints from the Grid.”

He said that unutilized 55 MW can cater any future load enhancement at 33 kV Level. Pertinent to mention here that after newly commissioned Lassipora major portion of the energy which was transmitted through AIS Lassipora earlier has got spared and same is being pumped into the system resulting in reduction of the curtailment hours in great extent besides to ensure reliable power supply from the Grids.

Further the department has undertaken the prestigious project under Capex Budget 2021-22 involving the Augmentation of 220/132 kV Grid Sub Station Mirbazar from 320 MVA to 475 MVA enabling to enhance the Transmission capacity at Grid level in South Kashmir.

It may not be out of place to mention it here that the Distribution Works under various Schemes are in progress and bottlenecks if any shall be addressed .Last but not the least, the actual energy consumed by the consumers in district Pulwama If paid in time will enable us to provide 24*7 power supply.

Qazi said that JKPTCL will commission three more GIS at Khanyar, Tengpora and Batpora.

“GIS Khanyar to be commissioned on December 2021, GIS Tengpora to be commissioned by Feb 2022, GIS at Batpora, Harwan to be commissioned by March 2022.”

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