Opposition slams GED for frequent power outages; Min says outages mainly attributed to vagaries of nature
There are no lacunae from the dept’s side, says Minister Dhavalikar
PORVORIM: Power Minister Sudin Dhavalikar today said that the tender process for the new 220KV Saligao GIS substation is completed and the project is approved by GSWB and the order for the same will be placed within a month.
“The tender process for the new 220KV Saligao GIS substation is completed and the project is approved by GSWB. The order for the same will be placed within a month. The outages are mainly attributed to the vagaries of nature and there are no lacunae from the Department’s side,” said Dhavalikar.
Similarly, Sudin said that the Preliminary project report of the 220KV substation at Loutolim in South Goa has been prepared and a detailed report is under preparation. The project will be tendered within the next 3 months.
He further said that the Department had installed ABC (Aerial Bunch Cables) which are intertwined insulated cables to ensure stable power supply to consumers in various parts of Goa.
“A total of around 731.66 kms of the cable was laid & out of which 498.68 was initially charged. However, the Aerial Bunched Cable and jointing kits are exposed to Sun, Cold weather and Rain, due to which the jointing kits and AB cable fails/get punctured continuously, especially during rainy season,” he added
Minister said that to restore the power supply after tracing the faults and providing new jointing kits, the time consumed is normally two to three hours as the kits have to dry up after replacing the faulty Aerial Bunched Cable section.
“As such, the power supply for feeding supply to the full feeder in the area gets interrupted. Hence, wherever possible, alternate power supply/Ring feeding power arrangements are made. Presently total length of AB cable in service as of date is 448.93 KMS,” he added