Priority On Household Power

Access to Electricity’ is an important factor for socio-economic development of the State, said Chief Minster Naveen Patnaik. 

Reviewing the progress of the Energy Department here today, the Chief Minister said the department has been giving top priority to electrification of households and villages which are yet to be electrified. The review revealed that during the last four  years, the consumer base has increased from 53 lakh to 70 lakh. In an achievement for the department, all 47,677 inhabited Census villages in the State have been electrified.
With adequate funding and frequent review by the chief minister, the department has electrified around 4,000 un-electrified villages in the last four years and completed village electrification. State Energy Minister Susant Singh said the State government has always given utmost priority during budgetary allocation for successful implementation of rural electrification schemes like DDUGJY, RGGVY and SAUBHAGYA, in spite of increase in State share under Central schemes.
He said considering the growth of Consumers in the State, the government has strengthened the distribution and transmission infrastructure to provide reliable and quality electricity. Such developed infrastructures like 427 power transformers, 70,427 distribution transformers and 83,170 Ckt Kms HT & IT Lines have been added in the last four years. Further, during last 4 years construction of 40 Grid Sub-stations along with augmentation of 65 grid sub-stations has tremendously resulted in increase of transmission system availability — from 99.96 pc in 2014 to 99.98 pc in 2018, which is the highest in the country. 
The Minister said transmission loss has also been reduced from 3.79 pc to 3.40 pc in the last four years. The voltage profile has also been remarkably improved across the State. Further, 20 new grid sub-stations will be commissioned along with augmentation of 25 existing grids during 2018. Singh said only 500 33/11 kV Primary Substations existed during last six decades. Fewer 33/11 kv primary sub-stations was the key reason for poor voltage and frequent power interruption in the State.
In order to improve the power supply system in the State, the Government of Odisha took a landmark decision to implement Odisha Distribution System Strengthening Project (ODSSP) from its own budget worth Rs 3, 843 crore for construction of 500  new 33/11 kV Primary Sub-stations. 
In the last 4 years, 270 such Primary Sub-stations have been completed and balance 230 will be commissioned during the current Financial Year, the Minister said. He added that the voltage profile of DISCOM command areas has improved—CESU & NESCO by 23 pc and WESCO & SOUTHCO by around 40 pc.
With regard to power availability, the State has not only become self- sufficient but also a surplus State with Comprehensive Power Management Plan, said Singh. “With installed capacity of 5,914 MW including external allocations, we have successfully managed availability of Power at any point of demand. The peak demand of the State has increased from 3,700 MW in 2013-14 to 4,400 MW in 2017-18 and it is expected to reach 4,700 MW by 2018-19”, the minister informed. 
He added that in order to manage such increasing trend of demands with low cost power, the Energy Department in proper coordination with Water Resources Department has made optimum generation of hydro power. An amount of Rs 607 crore is being invested for renovation, modernization and up-rating of Burla, Chipifima and Balimela units of OHPC.

Singh said in order to promote green energy in the State, the department was able to meet power demand of 245 MW from renewable energy sources during 2014-18 —from Solar (168 MW) and Non - solar like Small Hydro, Bio Mass and Wind (77 MW). Further, PSA has been signed for additional 150 MW of Wind Power at lower tariff with no CTU charge and losses.
In the case of thermal power, the Plant Load Factor of lb Thermal Power Station (ITPS) of OPGC reached 84.5 pc in 2015-16 and 87.92 pc in 2016-17, which was highest in the country. Similarly, the Plant Load Factor was 77.25 pc in 2017-18 which was second highest in the country. Further, the progress of thermal expansion project — 2X660 MW, Unit III & IV of OPGC is being personally monitored by the chief minister, said Mr.Singh.
Now, 95 pc of the work in the Main Plant area has been completed. Boiler Light Up and Unit Synchronization are being scheduled to be completed by December, 2018.
To meet the Coal requirement for this Project, the Government of Odisha has always extended necessary cooperation and coordination to all the stakeholders for giving major permits and clearances. After formation of joint venture company Odisha Coal & Power Limited (OCPL) in 2015, major works like land acquisition, awarding contracts and approval of mining plan for Monaharapur coal block have been completed during the last three years.
We are targeting for commencement of mining operation in 2018-19. The State government has given all assistance in resettlement and rehabilitation. R&R Colony Phase-I has been completed and the progress at R&R Colony, Phase-ll is at the verge of completion, said Mr.Singh.
For digitizing the entire value chain of revenue collection in DISCOMs, an Online Prepaid Wallet based Distributor and Retailer model has been developed and implemented, which has resulted in improvement of Cash Flow Cycle. This application has successfully assured all the consumers for an easy and safer bill payment. Instant SMS and Digital Money receipts have been delivered to consumers on payment of dues. GRIDCO was conferred with most prestigious SKOCH award for 2017, for this initiative, informed the Minister.
He said Odisha has always been the front runner in implementing latest Technologies in Power Sector like GIS Sub-stations, GRID Automation, SCADA operation, Under Ground cabling, Advanced Metering Infrastructure(AMI), data integration through Optical Fiber cable etc. “To meet additional Man Power need to carry out increasing activities in the Power Sector, 970 Professionals: Engineers, HR, & Finance Personnel, Technicians have been recruited during last four years creating ample employment opportunity for the State. Moreover balance 340 Professionals is to be recruited during 2018”, Minister said.

The Minister said State PSUs in power sector have joined hands together for providing free medical coaching to economically weaker section students of different backward districts under CSR initiative. Hence, economically weaker students shall be able to compete with main stream students and a pool of Doctors can be created in the State to serve the society, he said.

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