Power Grid Corporation of India Limited Substation
Setting goals, completing projects ahead of time, and implementing complex projects effectively on time, sets a company apart.
The MEIL has set a record by completing the 400/220 kV substation at Nambulapulakunta in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. The infrastructure giant executed the project under harsh climatic conditions, in keeping with international standards. Typically, it takes 15-18 months for designing, engineering, testing, and installing a substation. The MEIL brought this time down by 2-2.5 times.
The Government of India body, PGCIL, conceptualized the plan to set up a 400/220 kV substation at NP Kunta in 2015 to connect to the Ultra Mega Solar Park Grid. Typically, commissioning projects of this magnitude takes anywhere between 15 to 18 months.
The MEIL completed the project in merely seven months, for which the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) appreciated the quality standards maintained while executing the project.
After handing over the project, the PGCIL expressed satisfaction with the functioning of the substation. The NP Kunta project features on the PGCIL’s website through a post by the then Central power minister on his Facebook account. PGCIL also felicitated MEIL with the ‘Best Debutant Award’ for raising the bar about project completion timelines. The MEIL has also bagged the Limca Book of Records, the Indian Book of Records, and the Asia Book of Records, for the fastest implementation of the power substation project in the country.
As part of this, MEIL has constructed 500 MVA, three Auto Transformers with 400/220 kV capacity, and a Bus Reactor of 125 MVAR. Apart from this, 400 kV 100 AVAR Station, two baselines each with a capacity of 400 kV, four Ti-Bases each with a capacity of 400 kV, two Line Bases each with a capacity of 220 kV, one Bus Copular Bay with 220 kV capacity and one 220 kV Transformer Bus Copular Bay were also established. Civil works related to drains, roads, culverts, control room, transit camp, firefighting systems, and pump house construction were also completed within a short period.
Project Status: Completed