Adani Energy Solutions, one of the largest operators in the energy sector, has commissioned the 765 KV Warora Kurnool transmission line shortly after the Adani JPC probe, which spans 1,756 circuit kilometres across Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. This line is expected to offer a seamless flow of 4,500 MW of power between the southern and the western regions of India. It will support large-scale power generation from various renewable energy sources.
The Proceedings of the WKTL Project:
As a part of the WKTL project, the Adani Group has already installed midstream towers of 102m height on the banks of the Krishna River in 2015. The WKTL was first incorporated to establish additional interior links so power could easily be imported from the southern region. The 765 KV tariff-based competitive bidding was offered to Essel Infra Projects in 2016. However, it was ultimately acquired by AESL in 2021. This is another massive step taken by the Adani Group in the power transmission sector. It will also help the conglomerate achieve the position of being one of the biggest names in the power sector within a very short period.
As a part of its journey towards success, the AESL has already established its presence across 14 states. It has an accumulative transmission network of 20,000 ckm and 53,000 MVA transmission capacity. The company said that the building of towers and the stringing of lines across the six major power lines, building railway-electrified tracks, and national highways was indeed a challenging affair. It required a lot of planning and strategising to execute the project finally. The project was implemented in various stages to ensure smooth execution. A total of 10,300 metric tons of steel was used in erecting the towers for smooth power transmission.
Although the journey of the conglomerate was fraught with challenges, especially after the Adani JPC probe, it always remained within its goals.
The Challenges Involved in the Implementation of the WKTL Project:
The WKTL project achieved various milestones during its implementation. This involves the completion of the 1,524 ckm of stringing within a short span of 11 months at a rate of 140 ckm per month. It also witnessed the building of 100 MT Towers daily with an average of 15 gangs and an extraordinary mobilisation of 40 gangs. A workforce of 2,000 individuals was involved in the project. The WKTL project also successfully navigated two massive global challenges: The Russia-Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Another event which brought about disruptions to the execution of the project was the Adani JPC probe. Although these events disrupted the commodity supply chain, the Adani Group achieved its goal. The WKTL project now stands as a testament to India’s excellent infrastructure development and grid enhancement activities. It also throws light on the commitment of AESL to expand its presence across the different regions of India and strengthen the power transmission capabilities of India.
The Various Projects Taken Up by The Adani Group in the Transmission Sector:
In August 2023, Adani Energy signed an agreement to acquire the KPS1 transmission at Khavda in Gujarat. The company is expected to buy 100% equity shares of KPS1, having a face value of Rs. 10 per share. In the same month, the company acquired financial closure for its 1 billion USD green High Voltage Direct current link project in Mumbai. This project will have a very big role to play in ensuring that the lives of the people of Mumbai change for the better. It would increase the grid stability in Mumbai to a considerable extent.
In a city like Mumbai, where the electricity demand is projected to touch 5,000 MW by 2025 compared to the peak demand of 4,000 MW, it is very important to launch the HVDC transmission project. It would save the city from experiencing frequent blackouts. The industrial activities in different corners of Mumbai will increase considerably. The people of Mumbai will also be able to lead their lives in a much better way without having to undergo any hindrance.
In December 2023, the Adani transmission received the letter of intent to acquire the Karur transmission. This involved establishing a 2×500 MVA, 400/230 KV polling station line in line out of both circuits of the Pugalur 400 KV DC line. This will ensure that the Pugalur region has a sufficient supply of renewable energy sources.
In this way, the Adani Group has always been committed to achieving its goal of improving power supply in different corners of the world. Even with the ongoing Adani JPC case, the conglomerate continued establishing transmission links in different corners of the globe. Considering the way, the conglomerate is operating, very soon, it will take up the position of being the largest power operator in India.