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Power Transmission Projects Affected by COVID-19 Lockdown Get Five-Month Extension

Considering the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown, the Ministry of Power (MoP) has decided to extend the scheduled commercial operation date (SCoD) of the interstate power transmission projects that were under construction on the date of the lockdown (March 25, 2020). The government has provided an extension of five months for these projects.

The ministry said that this step hadbeen taken to provide relief to interstate transmission projects that have been severely affected by the nationwide lockdown that was announced on March 25, 2020, to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The state transmission utilities had requested the extension of the SCoD to mitigate the risks of disruption in supply chains and the workforce caused due to the lockdown.

The starting date of long-term access for transmission lines, whose SCoD has been extended, would also be extended by five months. As per the notification, the extension will not be applicable for projects having SCoD before March 25, 2020.

Recently, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) announced that the period of nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 would be considered from March 25, 2020, to May 31, 2020, for all renewable energy projects under construction.The ministry’s notice directed renewable energy implementing agencies to grant an extension for projects amounting to the total period of the lockdown along with 30 days for normalization. Developers wanted the extension tobe increased to at least six months to meet the challenges of labor mobilization and other logistical constraints as a result of the lockdown.

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