MULTAN

The rehabilitation work of 220 Kv KAPCO-Multan transmission line has been completed by the Engineers and staff of NTDCL while work on 820MW power dispersal from Kot Addu Power Company (KAPCO) to 500 Kv grid Station Multan started here on Friday, disclosed the NTDCL sources. It is hoped that the energization of said transmission line will help reduce forced loadshedding and improve voltage profile in the areas of Multan and Faisalabad. The timely Energization of the said Transmission line, dispersal of electrical power of 820MW from KAPCO Power House to 500 Kv Grid Station Multan (National Grid Station) will result into reduction of forced loadshedding and improve voltage profile being faced by the MEPCO consumers in Jahanian, Garrah Morr, Vehari, Burewala, Luddan, Kabirwala, Khanewal, Lodhraan, Dera Ghazi Khan and Muzzafargarh as well as Fesco consumers in the area of Narrwala, Gojra, Summandri and Thekriwala.

In Sep 2014, due to abnormal flood diversion in river course of Chenab, the tower no 130 of 220 Kv Transmission line KAPCO-Multan CCT-5&6 collapsed and sunk into River Chenab whereas six X-Arms of Tower No 126, 127 and 128 were damaged and tower No 131 completely bent into the river. Resultantly, dispersal of power supply from KAPCO to 500 KV Grid Station Multan was discontinued, which caused National Transmission Grid System constraint for evacuation of 820MW electricity generated by Kot-Addu Power Station, which was met through remaining four circuits.  Hence, the restoration of power dispersal through 220 KV Transmission line KAPCO-Multan CCT No. 5&6 was urgently required to ensure both the evacuation of power as well as provision of reliable contingency to the system.

Sources said that the rehabilitation work was completed on war-footings. About 40 meter deep foundation was constructed and tower No 130 was re-erected. Whereas other damaged towers were also repaired. Sources added that the NTDCL engineers faced multiple difficulties to shift material and heavy machinery to the site along with critical working conditions due to canal closure, increase in rainfall in Northern areas, abnormal flow in River Chenab and poor visibility due to foggy weather.