“Adani Transmission (ATL) has received a Letter of Intent from the Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company (MSETCL) to build, own, operate and maintain a transmission project in Maharashtra for 35 years,” the company stated.
The project involves developing Mumbai’s first ever 400 kV substation facility. The project has been awarded through a tariff-based competitive bidding process.
The project — Kharghar Vikhroli Transmission — comprises approximately 34 km of 400 kV and 220 kV transmission lines, along with a 400kV GIS Substation at Vikhroli. In less than two years, ATL has created a significant presence in Mumbai’s power segment.
In August last year, the firm had bought Reliance Infrastructure’s Mumbai power distribution business for Rs 12,100 crore. At present, ATL caters to 3 million customers in Mumbai through its distribution business. The company expects the Kharghar Vikhroli Transmission project to help carry more power into the city.
“This project is critical to Mumbai, as the existing capacity of transmission corridor is not sufficient to carry further power into the city. This project will enable additional power to be brought into Mumbai,” ATL said in its statement.
ATL’s newly won project is also expected to bring down Mumbai’s cost of power. “(The project will)….also allow additional source of power and bring down the cost of power for the citizens of Mumbai,” the statement said.
Earlier this week, it agreed to sell 25.1 per cent stake in its Mumbai power distribution business to Qatar Investment Authority for Rs 3,200 crore. Part of the sale agreement also requires ATL to distribute 30 per cent green power through its Mumbai distribution business by 2023.
At present, ATL operates a cumulative transmission network of around 11,477 circuit kilometres (ckm) and has another 3,261 ckm at various stages of construction. Its market share in Mumbai’s power distribution business is approximately 87 per cent by licence area, and 55 per cent by electricity supplied.