KSEB's new power projects in Kochi get rapid completion
Kochi: Kerala's prestigious project in energy sector has been completed in a short period. The first 220 KV Remote Control Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) under the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is ready for inauguration at Kaloor here. Also the state's first 220 KV underground power transmission cable system also has been completed.
The new system is capable of distributing extra power to Kochi city and premises for half a century. With this, the issues related to power supply in Kochi, which is the business capital of the state, will decrease. The new system will be inaugurated by power minister M M Mani on Monday.
As sufficient space is not available in Kochi, the authorities have been thinking of underground transmission cables a decade ago. Though survey and other procedures were delayed, the works to upgrade the 110 KV substation in Kaloor to 220 KV was initiated in July 2018.
Despite the flood affecting the works, the project was not frozen. Later, the COVID outbreak also posed challenge to the project. However, the works continued and a trial power transmission was carried out in December 2020.
Power will be transmitted through huge tower lines that are high upto 40 metres on the 4 kilometre stretch from Brahmapuram to Thuthiyoor, and through underground cables on the 7 kilometre stretch from Thuthiyoor to Kaloor substation. As the cables are underground, the transmission loss reduces and saves upto Rs 25 crore per year.