Hughes to offer satellite services for power discoms

PTI New Delhi | Updated on June 28, 2011 Published on June 28, 2011

Hughes Communications India has bagged Rs 20-crore contracts from power distribution firms in Rajasthan and Karnataka to provide satellite services that will help reduce distribution losses.

“There are a lot of losses during power distribution. The use of satellite services would help in reducing such losses,” the Hughes Communications India Ltd Director, Mr Shivaji Chatterjee, told PTI.

Under the contract with Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd (Jaipur Discom), Hughes would offer satellite services connecting 825 locations in Rajasthan.

The contract with five power discoms in Karnataka — Bescom, Cescom, Mescom, Gescom and Hescom —— would see the company deploying a network of about 713 satellite terminals, Hughes said in a statement.

The company has inked the agreement with the Rajasthan and Karnataka entities for a period of three years and five years, respectively.

The two projects are related to the Government’s Restructured Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Programme (R-APDRP).

“We expect eight to ten more states to utilise our satellite services (as part of efforts to reduce transmission and distribution losses). We expect to rake in revenues of Rs 80 to 100 crore from such projects in the next 1218 months,” Mr Chatterjee said.

The Government has initiated various measures to bring down the transmission and distribution losses in the fast-growing power sector. Going by estimates, T&D losses amount to around 30 per cent of power sector output.

HCIL is a majority owned subsidiary of US-based Hughes Network Systems LLC.

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Published on June 28, 2011
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