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21 Aug 2021 -Bhubaneswar TPCODL Reduces Feeder tripping by 47% in the last one year
~ Proactive measures implemented by the company to improve reliability of overhead power lines after taking over from CESU in June 2020~
~ The company conducted a detailed internal survey regarding the overhead powerline~

TP Central Odisha Distribution Ltd. (TPCODL), a joint venture of Tata Power and the Government of Odisha, recently has taken significant measures to reduce power tripping in the state. This has resulted in bringing down the interruptions by almost 47%.

Since its inception, on June 1, 2020, TPCODL has taken numerous initiatives to provide a safe, reliable, and quality power supply to its 27 lakh consumers under its license area of 30,000 sq. km.

In the company's distribution network majority of power lines are overhead lines (for both high voltage and low voltage) and are prone/vulnerable to faults because of birds crashing, trees falling, high wind flow, lightning, heavy rains, etc.

TPCODL conducted a detailed survey which revealed that for every 33kV feeder there were nearly 225 interruptions per annum, and for every 11Kv feeder there were 506 interruptions per annum in the year 2019-20.

To reduce the tripping, TPCODL had taken a slew of measures, listed below, that resulted in the reduction of 33kV feeder tripping’s by 69% and 11kV feeder tripping’s by 40%, bringing down the total interruptions by almost 47% from as shown in the trend.

Key measures taken which resulted in the reduction of tripping:

  • Setting up of a Centralized Power System Control for regular monitoring and automated operation of the network performance
  • Detailed Investment plan to improve and strengthen the existing distribution network
  • Implementation of structured maintenance schedule and deployment of expert agencies for regular repair & maintenance of the network
  • Ensuring adequate availability of materials and spares for repair and maintenance work
  • Vegetation Management program to prevent power obstruct and monsoon preparatory drives
  • Structured study of the network to identify and understand network issues   

Speaking on the developments Mr M Shenbagam, CEO TPCODL, said “TPCODL, is committed to ensuring uninterrupted, affordable, and quality power to all its consumers and is constantly implementing a slew of technologies and pro-actively taking on-ground measures to ensure the same. Our engineers and on-ground staff are working non-stop to enhance the reliability of power."

To further reduce the tripping, TPCODL, in the next 7 months will continue to work on network improvement activities such as replacement of aged and sick equipment, CAPEX investment for project related work, refurbishment of feeders and substations, condition based monitoring, construction of FRP or chain linked fencing of existing substations etc. These initiatives will further help in improving the quality and reliability of the power supply.

About Tata Power:

Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company and, together with its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities, has an installed / managed capacity of 12,911 MW. A pioneer in the field, it has a presence across the entire power value chain - generation of renewable as well as conventional power including hydro and thermal energy, transmission & distribution, coal & freight, logistics and trading. The company had developed the country’s first Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology. With more than 4 GW of clean energy generation from solar, wind, hydro and waste heat recovery accounting for 31% of the overall portfolio the company is a leader in clean energy generation. It has successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission & distribution in India viz: Powerlinks Transmission Ltd. with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi, Maithon Power Ltd. with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1,050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. Tata Power is currently serving around 12 million consumers via its Discoms, under public-private partnership model viz Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. with Government of Delhi for distribution in North Delhi; TP Northern Odisha Distribution Limited, TP Central Odisha Distribution Limited, TP Western Odisha Distribution Limited and TP Southern Odisha Distribution Limited with Government of Odisha. With a focus on sustainable and clean energy development, Tata Power is steering the transformation into integrated solutions providers by looking at new business growth in distributed generation through rooftop solar and micro grids, storage solutions, EV charging infrastructure, ESCO, home automation & smart meters et al. With its 107 years track record of technology leadership, project execution excellence, world-class safety processes, customer care and green initiatives, Tata Power is well poised for multi-fold growth and committed to lighting up lives for generations to come.For more information visit us at: www.tatapower.com