846 CESC teams begin transformer restoration
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846 CESC teams begin transformer restoration

May 6, 2022

On day one, 1,535 transformers restored to optimal condition

Mysuru: As monsoon is approaching, the Department of Energy has launched a massive transformer maintenance campaign across the State from May 5 to 20 to avoid transformer-related disasters.

Acting on directions on maintenance of transformers issued by Energy Minister V. Sunil Kumar, the Chamundeshwari Electricity Supply Corporation (CESC) began the initiative yesterday in the districts of Mysuru, Mandya, Chamarajanagar, Kodagu and Hassan.

CESC teams begin transformer restoration
ARDUOUS TASK: Linesmen climb over transformers in their efforts to repair them

On day one, 1,535 transformers were repaired and restored. In Kodagu, only 103 transformers were repaired due to heavy rain and the extent of damage. In Mysuru alone, 446 transformers were back in optimal condition after restoration. The transformers that were restored had a capacity of 25kva, 63kva, 100kva, 250kva and 500kva.

CESC has set aside Rs. 50 crore for real-time maintenance of transformers to ensure uninterrupted and accident-free power distribution. There are plenty of transformers older than 15 to 20 years and they cause maintenance problems during the rainy season. Rain and thunderstorms damage the transformers and the other reason for their damage is power overload.

CESC teams begin transformer restoration
CESC linemen trimming overgrown tree branches at Saraswathipuram today

In Mysuru, 239 teams have been constituted for the repair, maintenance and replacement of transformers and each team will carry out maintenance of three transformers every day and each transformer will need over three hours to be restored. CESC has a massive task of restoring 1,64,018 transformers under its jurisdiction.

CESC teams begin transformer restoration

Over 311 teams have been formed in Hassan, 170 teams in Mandya, in Chamarajanagar and Kodagu, 76 and 50 teams respectively have been constituted. Periodic maintenance would reduce the cost of repair and the campaign would also be able to identify locations where new transformers would be immediately needed, said CESC Managing Director Jayavibhavaswamy.

CESC teams begin transformer restoration
CESC team during transformer restoration

After launching the drive at Kuvempunagar, he visited a couple of places where the transformers were being repaired including Vidyaranyapuram. Jyothinagar, D. Devaraj Urs Road and R.T. Nagar. All the teams in the CESC jurisdictional districts have been given daily targets to complete the massive task, he said.

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The intention is to provide safety to the public and to prevent transformers installed in public places from developing fire hazard in the event of a fault in the electricity distribution lines, he added.

CESC teams begin transformer restoration
CESC Managing Director Jayavibhavaswamy inspecting the transformer restoration works

The teams will assess the condition of the transformers that are 15 to 20 years old and they will take a call on whether the transformers need to be repaired or replaced. A list of transformers that need to be replaced is being prepared after assessment and they would be replaced on priority, the CESC MD said.

12 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “846 CESC teams begin transformer restoration”

  1. A V Prasanna says:

    Maintenance of Transformers especially street side ones should be six montly affair and not once in few years. Never have I seen any maintenance team collecting transformer oil for testing. Testing of transformer oil reveals everything and prevents failure. Will MD of CESC look into this fundamental requirements????

  2. Q says:

    @Prasanna
    What experience you have in handling the electrical distribution of a city battered by monsoon rains, when powerlines are down creating huge electrical surge along the distribution lines? I guess none!
    Aren’t you the know all, who was batting for the LPG cylinders continuation-probably getting ‘the handouts’ from the LPG cylinders distribution company to do so, opposing the piped gas project? You have failed as this project will go ahead.
    It is not merely transformer oil. In a monsoon rains hit like this, exposed units like transformers-they are distribution transformers, are vulnerable to electrical surge when the live wires are down in areas, which can trip circuit breakers, and until the surge cause is removed. It is not routine maintenance.

  3. Mann Ki Baat, Bisi Bele Baat! says:

    Hey Prasanna
    Could we know your credentials in regards to this aspect of maintenace of transformers and distribution of power lines?
    Have you ever tested a medium size distribution transformer for its surge handling capabilities?
    To say, it is six monthly affair, when the monsoon batters the city, downing many power lines, which creates a massive electrical surge. That is not six monthly affair.
    Let us have your experience in this, and as the above poster has said, your experience in the area of thermal features of gas , which you were howling about some time ago.

  4. Gusto says:

    @Prasanna thinks that testing and changing the transformer oil is enough to make them robust againsyt the massive monsoon rains !
    Well, then, he thinks too, a sticky plaster will be suffice, in a trauma situation where a person met with an accident, needs operation to stop the internal bleeding, and there after needing stitches too!

  5. Kawakawaffoxgowda says:

    I did not realise that it was this @Prasanna, who was accusing Mr Shenoy of taking fees from the piped gas contractors , and thus advocating piped gas construction in Mysore. Was he not pressing for more LPG cylinder supplies to Mysore, claiming that piped gas is not thermally superior to the LPG gas? Wonder, what his interest here was?
    Anyway, as the SOM reported the MCC has approved the piped gas project.
    As for monsoon rains, their devastation and their destructive effects on transformers, the only way to minimise this problem is to eliminate electric poles and supply power through distribution cables under ground as in many Western countries. That requires intense weather proof insulated piping through which the cables run underground to remove the effects of rain water seepage into the ground.
    Monsoon rains I have seen in Mysore, even those days, when forests around the city protected it had been out to wreck havoc on the city.

  6. Mann Ki Baat, Bisi Bele Baat! says:

    Where is @sachin, with his dog whistle, followed by a pack of stray dogs , and asking silly questions about this transformer maintenance?

  7. Who let the dogs out - Baha Men says:

    They say that dogs are highly territorial.
    Looks like this section of the newspaper is fiercely guarded by few strays.
    Today they are behind Shri. AV Prasanna sir.

  8. Mann Ki Baat, Bisi Bele Baat! says:

    Hey Baha Men
    You are suffering by raving Rabies, bitten by those stray dogs, when you foolishly confronted those canines!. They have bitten your ass , taking out a good chunk of it. It appears that your buddy Prasanna was set upon by those stray dogs too, when he was taking the ‘mamool’ to bat for LPG cylinders!
    Good luck, btw, since you are just a pedestrian Mysoreans, hardly any private hospital there pay attention to your pathetic low life, which they consider as c very heap! The treatment requires Oxygen , oh dear, the supplies are meant for the VIPs only!
    Next time, if you survive from the Rabies, stop putting your foot into your mouth!

  9. Mann Ki Baat, Bisi Bele Baat! says:

    Hey Baha Men
    You are suffering by raving Rabies, bitten by those stray dogs, when you foolishly confronted those canines!. They have bitten your ass , taking out a good chunk of it. It appears that your buddy Prasanna was set upon by those stray dogs too, when he was taking the ‘mamool’ to bat for LPG cylinders!
    Good luck, btw, since you are just a pedestrian Mysorean, hardly any private hospital there pay attention to your pathetic low life, which they consider as very heap! The treatment requires Oxygen , oh dear, the supplies are meant for the VIPs only!
    Next time, if you survive from the Rabies, stop putting your foot into your mouth!

  10. Who let the dogs out - Baha Men says:

    A couple of quotes to ponder for the strays…
    1. A dog that has rabies probably will do things it wouldn’t do if it didn’t have rabies. But that doesn’t change the fact that it has rabies. – John Malkovich
    2. The world is in an extremely dangerous situation, and serious diseases often require the risk of a dangerous cure like the Pasteur serum for rabies. – Alan Watts

  11. Mann Ki Baat, Bisi Bele Baat! says:

    You got it, you have Rabies. That is the point , dimwit, dogs do not matter, once you got Rabies
    Simha, you MP brings in lots of Malayaless, who are going to drive you to dog shit den.
    You need to quote your Gowdas quotes living there.

  12. Kawakawaffoxgowda says:

    @Maann
    Ignore this blithering idiot, who is a third world wastrel

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