Powering up the transmission infra

"We are undertaking massive revamps of transmission lines across various states and transforming power delivery networks," shares Manish Agarwal, CEO - Solutions Business, Sterlite Power.

How Sterlite Power’s business has scaled duing last one year
Sterlite Power is a leading global developer of power transmission infrastructure with projects of over 13,315 circuit kms and 23,885 MVA in India and Brazil. With an industry-leading portfolio of power conductors, EHV cables and OPGW, Sterlite Power also offers solutions for upgrading, uprating and strengthening existing networks. In Solutions Business, I can say that we have oriented ourselves to be a leading, differentiated solutions provider in the transmission industry. We are undertaking massive revamps of transmission lines across various states and transforming power delivery networks. Our uprate/upgrade projects in Kerala are helping the state government to transform traditional energy delivery networks with the use of cutting-edge technologies like MCMV towers, alternate construction methods-Micropiles, aerial technologies for stringing etc.

We are enhancing the transmission capacity in these corridors in many cases by 14 times, in compressed timelines, without taking up any additional space or new infrastructure. We were the first company in India to herald in ‘Live Line’ reconductoring in Bangalore – we doubled the transmission capacity on a 66 kV transmission line connecting to electronic city, by replacing existing conductor with HPC – without taking a power shutdown, as is usually required. We worked on energised lines with ‘specialised techniques’ to deliver this project by avoiding any disruption to power supply to nearby areas. Recently, we installed the longest span with an HPC across a river crossing – for the Purnia-Bihar Shariff 400kV double-circuit transmission line. A specialised ultra-low sag composite core conductor was developed for this project. This will revolutionise the way river crossings are done in transmission projects across the country.

Our specialised EPC arm pioneered robotics technology for installation of OPGW on high-voltage power transmission lines under energised (live-line) conditions. Our solutions on capacity enhancements, congestion relieving, fiberisation, smarter underground networks on FIPC etc, help our customers to address their network congestion issues through the framework of time, cost and capital.

Future Roadmap
Our core purpose is central to all our endeavours, which is ‘empowering humanity by addressing the toughest challenges of energy delivery’. Given that our core purpose is at the heart of our strategy, we will keep going after the toughest projects. We will have to have the best talent, and this means investing in our people and their development, investing in R&D, partnering with leading technology providers at a faster pace and also with our customers so that the right policy environment is created.

Key Differentiators
Our specialised EPC picks up projects which have the toughest challenges. In our products segment, our focus on working directly with top utilities in India and also the best in Europe, Middle East and LATAM. In the underground transmission network segment, Sterlite Power is increasingly co-creating technology intensive solutions at EHV levels. We will continue to invest in the best talent – R&D and innovations. Other than this, we are hugely focussed on the social impact that we create through our work. These will always remain our differentiators.

Sterlite Power at ELECRAMA 2020
ELECRAMA is a prestigious event to be associated with and we look forward to our participation. It is the flagship showcase of the Indian electrical and power sector ecosystem. We have been consistently participating for many years. In fact, in 2018, we were the 1st runner up amongst exhibitors. We have also presented a few thought leaderships addresses at this important forum in the past. Consistent with our theme ‘Reimagining Energy Future’, we plan to showcase our global technology partnerships and will be launching a few capabilities and new products that have been developed inhouse. Our showcase will also consist of global technology systems integration solutions, power systems simulation capabilities, alternative construction techniques and next gen products and technologies.