• Staggered power supply may soon be a thing of the past

    Power outages in the city may soon be a thing of the past.
    The Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) has planned for high ampacity power supply around Nashik city connecting seven of its 132 kv power stations to deliver quality power to the citizens.
    The company has successfully tested the use of the high ampacity cables for transmission of 1,32,000 volt (132 kv) power lines between Eklahara (Nashik Thermal Power Station) and Ozhar sub-stations. After that, it has been updating its transmission lines using the technology.
    Nashik city has seven 132 kv sub-stations from where the power is drawn to the 33 kv power sub-stations of the electricity distribution company, which provides water to residential, commercial and industrial consumers.
    “There is no chance the company will lay new extra high voltage transmission lines given the lack of availability of space. This is the reason that MSETCL has now decided set up high ampacity power lines in Nashik at a cost of around Rs 42 crore,” a senior MSETCL officer said.
    The company has prepared the plan for substituting the conventional power cables across the entire stretch of around 125km of power lines in the city with high ampacity cables.
    “Recently, there was a huge failure in the vicinity of Nashik when even the generation plant was tripped due to snapping of the power cables due to technical reason. Three other power cables had also snapped because of overheating. The cables could not take the additional load transported on them. The high ampacity cables will be able to withhold exta load and would not lead to such a situation,” the officer said.
    “Tthe Aluminum Conductor Composite Core (ACCC) wires tend to carry more amount of current when they are heated. So the current being carried almost doubles. Nashik showcases the best situation where new cables can be used for improving services. In the current scenario the load handled by the cables is at optimal levels but considering the expansion of the city in the future, we need to raise more towers to bring in more power. Since there is no space to raise towers and draw additional lines in the city, the only solution remains is to replace the cables,” the officer said.
    The new cables will be raised at a cost of Rs 6 crore per 18km totaling up to Rs 42 crore. The proposal has been sent to the central office and also has been approved in principle. “There are several queries that have to be answered after which the central office will approve it,” the officer said.– Aluminum Conductor Composite Core (ACCC) (wire) is 1.5 times costlier than conventional wire
    — Core of cables is made of carbon
    — Cables are lighter than conventional cables
    — Can carry double the amount of current carrying capacity of conventional wires
    — Reduces line losses by up to 40%
    — At 90 degrees, conventional wires give way, but ACCC wires carry more current in such case
    — Reduces maintenance costs and time Max Domi Authentic Jersey

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