IEEMA provided significant assistance to the Odisha Government and the state power utilities for fast restoration of electrical infrastructure after the cyclonic storm “Fani” made landfall in Puri on the Odisha coast on May 3, 2019. As per official sources, the entire power installation in and around Puri district got devastated in the storm, including 75 towers of 220 kV and 25 towers of 132 kV voltage level. A steel-based ERS tower indigenously developed by Supreme & Co Private Limited was used to substitute the wrecked 132 kV towers between Lilo and Puri-Samkuha. It enabled charging between Puri Grid and Samkuha Grid to transfer a bulk load of 70 MW. The tower was restored in five hours using the ERS structure. Supreme & Co Pvt Ltd, along with other members of IEEMA, has supported the restoration work. Harish Agarwal, IEEMA President and Supreme’s CEO, deputed an exclusive emergency response team of engineers for successful execution of the project. Pradip Barua overviewed project with Site In-charge Arup Das (Execution), Nandan Mohanty (Coordination) and Dr. Dharmbir Prasad, Asst. Prof. (EE) at AEC (Planning). The restoration team was supported by Jyotirmoy Mohanty (GM, PGCIL), S.K. Harichandan (Sr. GM, OPTCL), Suresh Mishra (DGM, OPTCL), R.R. Panda (Director Project, OPTCL) and Avijit Shahoo (SDO, OPTCL).
Hemant Sharma (CMD – OPTCL at site with Supreme’s team for restoration work)
Glimpse of ERS Tower substituted 132 kV wrecked tower dismantling under progress