Erickson Inc. is partnering with Sterlite Grid to install nearly 160 power transmission towers using Erickson’s S64 Aircrane in the Pir Panjal mountain range in northern India. The initiative will be the first time transmission lines are constructed utilizing a precision heavy-lift helicopter in India.
Sterlite Grid, India’s largest private developer of independent power transmission systems expects to complete the transmission network between the Indian states of Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir nearly 10 months ahead of schedule. The work is set to commence in mid-2016.
Sterlite Grid is building approximately 450 km of transmission lines and 400 220-kilovolt gas-insulated substations (GIS) in Amargarh. To complete this line, nearly 1,150 towers will have to be erected. The work will be performed at altitudes between 9,000 and 12,500 ft in a remote region of the Himalayas.