Sterlite Commissions ₹20 Billion Transmission Project in Green Energy Corridor
The project will transport 5 GW of power from Bhuj and Kutch to the national grid
Power transmission company Sterlite Power has successfully commissioned the Lakadia-Vadodara Transmission Project (LVTPL), which is part of the green energy corridor initiative. The project is designed to evacuate over 5 GW of renewables from Bhuj and Kutch to the national grid.
LVTPL has been constructed as an inter-state transmission system at a cost of ₹20.2 billion (~$247 million). This system connects a 765/400 kV substation at Lakadia to Vadodara through a 335-km long, double-circuit transmission line at 765 kV. The project consists of 812 towers that span seven districts in Gujarat.
“It makes us immensely proud to announce the completion of the mega LVTPL project. It has been a challenging journey, but we have been successful in unlocking 5 GW of green power for the nation that will accelerate India’s RE vision of 500 GW by 2030,” said Pratik Agarwal, Managing Director of Sterlite Power.
Sterlite Power was awarded the transmission project in 2019, and construction began in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The company implemented construction techniques, including the use of pocket foundation, well-point system, and tower designs specifically designed to withstand the complex terrain challenges in the region to ensure the project’s successful completion.
Sterlite’s portfolio consists of 30 completed, sold, and ongoing projects. These projects cover 14,602 circuit kilometers of transmission lines across India and Brazil. The company also develops power conductors, extra-high voltage cables, and optical ground wires.
The company recently achieved financial closure for its Kishtwar transmission project in Jammu and Kashmir by securing debt funding of ₹3 billion (~$37 million) from a non-banking infrastructure finance company, Aseem Infrastructure Finance. Sterlite acquired the Kishtwar transmission project last December to execute the inter-state transmission system project.
Last September, Sterlite’s Mumbai Urja Marg Transmission commissioned a 400 kV transmission line in the Banaskantha, Kansari, and Vadavi regions of Gujarat four months ahead of the scheduled time for completion. The high voltage transmission line will be used to evacuate about 1 GW of renewable power from Bhuj in northern Gujarat to the national grid.