CEA issues draft guidelines on spares availability for transmission system

The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has notified draft guidelines on the Availability of Spares and Inventories for Power Transmission System. As per the CEA, there is a need for standardisation of the provision of mandatory spares at the station, state, regional and national levels, and the digitalisation of spares management. The non-availability of adequate spares results in delays in the restoration of transmission system during eventualities such as natural disasters. The guidelines broadly cover spares for transmission lines, substations, switchyards, high voltage direct current systems, fixed series compensation, STATCOMs, thyristor controlled series capacitors, etc. The CEA has sought comments/suggestions on the draft guidelines by March 28, 2020.

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