The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has issued a draft paper on reconductoring of transmission lines in inter-state transmission system (ISTS).
As per the draft paper, in the period of useful life of transmission system, to avoid technical, commercial and operational issues in reconductoring of transmission line, it would be prudent to allocate the scheme to existing owner through regulated tariff mechanism (RTM) route. The transmission system implemented under tariff based competitive bidding (TBCB) would be handed over to Central Transmission Utility of India Limited (CTUIL) or its successors or an agency as decided by the central government after 35 years and the asset would be again bid out. At this stage fresh bidding may include reconductoring and strengthening, if required. Tariff recovery of reconductoring can be made coincidental with other equipment. In case the project is already implemented under RTM mechanism then it’s technical upgradation within/ after useful life to be done under RTM mode. Reconductoring of line and upgradation of bay equipment can be carried out by concerned licensee simultaneously.
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