KEC: Transmitting Happiness, Rain Or Shine
*This is a sponsored feature by KEC International Ltd., RPG Group
If there’s one company that can lay claim to the privilege of electrifying India, it’s KEC. Spreading happiness is imprinted in the company’s history: in 1945, KEC became the first electric power transmission company in Asia. Since then, it’s had the honour of powering infrastructure in more than 60 countries across continents.
As the world’s largest operating transmission company, KEC has touched billions of lives through an increasingly diversified presence, from power transmission, distribution and cabling solutions to complete turnkey solutions for civil infrastructure, railways and renewable energy.
But it’s in India where KEC has made a lasting impact and brought positive change to communities on another scale. Every KEC project is about connecting people to each other, and to life’s modern conveniences.
KEC is a global leader in power transmission EPC, providing integrated solutions for projects up to 1200 kV on a turnkey basis in 63 countries. It also provides end-to-end solutions for underground HT and EHV cabling works, bringing happiness to people either in the form of better connectivity or a better quality of life.
The KEC edge allows for accelerated project delivery globally. Specifically, the power to go extreme is what sets KEC apart from others: it has the in-house expertise and skills to tackle extreme weather conditions, hostile environments and difficult terrains. A pool of highly experienced professionals committed to delivering projects ahead of time brings an unparalleled strength in surveying, design and engineering of complex and large towers.
This rich talent pool is well-versed in both conventional and advanced systems and processes for foundations, tower erections and stringing.
In 2014, KEC executed a landmark power transmission project with a tower in the middle of the Ganga in West Bengal, which stands at 73 percent the height of the Eiffel Tower - the first of its kind in India.
Water Resource Management
With increased incidences of natural disasters and extreme weather events, Indians’ lives and homes have been turned upside down. KEC’s civil business has taken the lead in offering water management services such as embankment and flood control and construction of dams, canals and tunnels. It has successfully executed construction projects across major water bodies such as the Ganga, Brahmaputra and Koshi rivers.
Defence projects such as sea walls and beach replenishment protect residents while also retaining the physical beauty of coastal areas.
Recognizing the need for all Indians have easy and affordable access to clean drinking water, KEC also specializes in wastewater treatment, transmission and pumping and potable water distribution. World-class technology, such as reverse osmosis desalination, is just one example of the cost-effective and customized solutions KEC offers to governments so they can improve residents’ health and happiness.
Drip irrigation projects are another of KEC’s specialties, encouraging efficient agricultural practices, and therefore, better livelihoods for those working in the sector.
India’s railway system is the country - and the economy’s - central nervous system, linking the most remote regions to metros and shuttling millions of people to work and school every day.
This is made possible in part by KEC. Since 1961, KEC has electrified more than 40 percent of the Indian Railway network.
Railways don’t end at the tracks - the process of keeping people safe on railroads involves end-to-end oversight. As a complete turnkey solutions provider in railways infrastructure EPC, KEC has provided solutions in all geographies - signalling and telecom network, civil infrastructure such as bridges, tunnels, platforms, stations, quarters, laying and rehabilitation of tracks and electrification.
As a proponent of sustainability, KEC is proud to be empanelled with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy as part of its bold vision of deploying 20,000 MW of grid-connected solar power by 2022.
While KEC has brought power to previously disconnected parts of India, the promise of solar energy offers a viable, localized complement to the challenges of conventional electricity. KEC has already connected more than 60 MW of solar power to the grid in Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, with bigger plans in the pipeline.
In late 2017, KEC further bolstered its green credentials with the commissioning of a 450 kWp solar project for the Department of Science and Technology in Chandigarh. A parking area in the middle of a vast green space has been transformed into a state-of-the-art solar power generating unit.