20 transformers for COVID facility in Delhi
New Delhi: An extensive infrastructure capable of withstanding an 18 MW load and comprising 22 km of underground cables and 20 transformers will power the COVID-19 quarantine facility in South Delhi.
The centre is being set up over a covered area of 116,000 m2 (1,250,000 ft2), approximately the size of 22 football fields, containing 10,000 beds, and is touted to be the largest in the world.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia recently assessed the preparations at the centre. Such a massive facility requires a massive power infrastructure and setting it up is an equally massive task.
BSES Rajdhani Power Limited (BRPL) has been tasked to readying the power infrastructure in a record time of 15 days.
“Twenty 1,000 kW transformers are being installed for setting up the 20 MVA capacity across four locations in the premises. The lines being set up at the world’s largest COVID facility conform to best international standards and will be remotely controlled from the Supervisory Control and Data Access room at Kalkaji,” the BRPL spokesperson said.
“The quarantine centre will get electricity from BSES Fatehpur Beri Grid with sufficient redundancy to ensure power load can be routed through the alternate line if one line trips, ” said an official, adding that a quick response team with senior engineers will be stationed at the premises 24/7 to take care of any contingency.