Cabinet Approves Green Energy Corridor, Phase-II In Ladakh

  • Chaired by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi.
  • Project on Green Energy Corridor (GEC) Phase-II – Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) for 13 GW Renewable Energy Project in Ladakh.
  • Total estimated cost of Rs.20,773.70 crore and Central Financial Assistance (CFA) @ 40 percent of the project cost i.e. Rs.8,309.48 crore.
  • Factors of concern: complex terrain, adverse climatic conditions and defence sensitivities of Ladakh region.
  • Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) will be the Implementing Agency.
  • State-of-the-art Voltage Source Converter (VSC) based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) system and Extra High Voltage Alternating Current (EHVAC) systems will be deployed.
  • Transmission line will pass through Himachal Pradesh and Punjab up to Kaithal in Haryana, where it will be integrated with the National Grid.
  • An interconnection is planned from this project in Leh to the existing Ladakh grid to ensure a reliable power supply to Ladakh
  • It will also be connected to the Leh-Alusteng-Srinagar line to provide power to Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Will entail setting up of 713 km transmission lines (including 480 km HVDC line) and 5 GW capacity of HVDC terminal each at Pang (Ladakh) and Kaithal (Haryana).
  • Target of 500 GW of installed electricity capacity from non-fossil fuels by the year 2030.
  • Will help develop the long-term energy security of the country and reduce carbon footprint.
  • Will generate large direct & indirect employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled personnel in power and other related sectors, especially in the Ladakh region.
  • This project is in addition to Intra-State Transmission System Green Energy Corridor Phase-II (InSTS GEC-II), implementation in the States of Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh for grid integration and power evacuation of approx 20 GW of RE power and to be completed by 2026.
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