OPTCL won the Gold Shield from Ministry of Power, Government of India for Highest Transmission Availability of 99.98% for the year 2013-14
ODISHA POWER TRANSMISSION CORPORATION LIMITED (OPTCL) is the State Transmission Utility responsible for intra state transmission and wheeling of electricity under a license issued by the Odisha Electricity Regulatory Commission. OPTCL owns Extra High Voltage Transmission System and operates about 12170 ckt kms of transmission lines at 400 kV, 220 kV, 132 kV levels and 115 nos. of Grids with about 13917 MVA transformation capacity.
On 3.6.2015, OPTCL received the ‘Gold Shield’ Award from the Ministry of Power, Government of India for having the ‘Highest Transmission System Availability’ of 99.98% in the Country for the year 2013-14. The award was received by Sj.Hemant Sharma, IAS CMD, OPTCL and Sj.Prafulla Chandra Tripathy, Chief General Manager (O&M), OPTCL in an award function held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from Sj.Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy. It is not the first time, but on previous two occasions, the State Utility has succeeded in being considered as one among the best performing States in Indian Power Sector. For 2009-10, OPTCL was awarded with Bronze Shield with 99.59% Transmission System Availability and for 2012-13, a Gold Shield too with 99.97% Transmission System Availability. Transmission System Availability is one of the major Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for evaluating the performance of any State/ Central Sector Transmission Utility
During the last five years, the peak demand of the State has increased almost 25% to 4100 MW which is handled by existing Network and Equipments of the Transmission System. Advance planning and proactive steps in implementing new Projects (Grids & Lines) are main factors that contributed to building up a healthy transmission network in the State. Besides preventive system improvement measures have helped the System not only achieve this rare feat but also reduce the Transmission Loss from 4.11% in 2009-10 to 3.76% in 2014-15.