Punjab News Express/Vinod Gupta
CHANDIGARH : The power transmission system availability in Punjab State Power Transmission Company Ltd. (PSTCL) has improved a lot and it was 99.9632% during the financial year 2015-16 and this performance may be amongst the top three in the country, said Charanjit Singh Chief Engineer P&M.
PSTCL was able to maintain uninterrupted transmission system despite the occurrence of major technical faults during last 18 months, claimed Charanjit Singh. Although technical faults occurred in 400 KV substation Dhuri when both power transformers of 500 MVA were became yet there was no tripping of transmission system in the state.
Similarly power supply of 220 kV substation Rajpura was restored within record time despite multiple technical problems. Charanjit Singh said that skeleton manpower brought normalcy within 44 hours when hazardous fire engulfed 21 Vacuum Circuit Breakers at 132 kV substation Rupnagar.
The achievements are more creditable and comparable with Power Grid, as there is acute staff shortage to the tune of more than 66%. P&M organisation first time managed to won 13 awards out of total of 34 given on the Republic Day. 220 KV Substation Chhajli (Patiala) and 220 kV Mohali-Nalagarh double circuit transmission line were adjudged as the best in the respective categories. The awards were presented by Principal Secretary, Power who is holding charge of CMD PSTCL.
During short stint of 18 months first time three important manuals namely Duties of Sub Station Engineers, Safety Code Manual and Protection & Maintenance Manual got approved. It may be mentioned that there are 10 - 12 substations which can be very easily termed as "Model Substations”, said Charanjit Singh.