National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has shared plans to procure disc insulator and hardware string costing €10.8 million for the 500-kilovolt SECL (Thar block-I) to Matiari double-circuit transmission line for evacuation of power from the 1,320-megawatt SECL Coal Power Plant.

Speaking at a ceremony held to sign contract for the procurement of goods on Saturday, NTDC Deputy Managing Director Muhammad Ayub highlighted that the quality of hardware and insulators was a critical factor in the tripping of transmission lines.

“NTDC is making efforts to improve its design and specifications besides enhancing cooperation with leading manufacturers and industry experts to meet modern-day challenges,” he said.

Representatives of French enterprise Sediver signed the contract with NTDC. Sediver is a renowned overhead insulator manufacturer around the world, NTDC said in a statement.

On the occasion, prominent French industrial experts delivered a technical presentation followed by a question and answer session.

Earlier in July, NTDC secured a Rs6.4 billion financing facility for the construction of a 220/132-kilovolt sub-station and 35km-long allied transmission lines to evacuate 1,224 megawatts of clean, renewable energy from wind power plants at the Jhimpir corridor.

It was for the first time NTDC was exploring the option of raising financial facility from its own resources (balance sheet) without government guarantee.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 14th, 2021.

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