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Tata Power shares the factual position on Power Failure issue the Mumbai Metropolitan Region experienced on 12th October 2020

16 Oct 2020

Cascade Tripping at substation of state run transmission company MSETCL line tripping led to grid failure  & subsequent  power outage on Oct 12 2020

Tata Power said that the power failure was attributed to cascade tripping at MSETCL sub-stations and transmission lines of state-run transmission company leading to grid failure at Mumbai that resulted in power outages on Monday morning, October 12th 2020.

A central team comprising of the officials from the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is investigating the power breakdown in the city which occurred on Monday. Tata Power is supporting the central team by providing information and data related to the chain of events which transpired on the day of the outage.

 On the day of the power outage, Tata Power in its statement said that as per its preliminary assessment of the situation, many parts of Mumbai experienced an unforeseen electricity failure in the morning due to tripping of MSETCL’s 400 KV transmission system at Kalwa, which supplies power to Mumbai and adjoining areas. There are four incoming Ckt /lines  to MSTECL Kalwa receiving stations for further transmission of power to Mumbai . Out of these four lines , MSETCL’s 400kV Pune-Kalwa line was under forced shutdown since October 10th 2020.

On Monday, October 12th, 2020, early in the morning MSETCL had taken emergency shutdown on another 400 KV Kalwa- Padghe line -1 to attend to fault and was expected to be revived by 09:30hr, but MSTECL could not revive it.

As per the chain of events, with two lines out of service , the third line tripped at  09:58hrs 400kV Kalwa-Padghe-2 carrying 644 MW power to the city tripped. This led to over loading of fourth ckt  and subsequent tripping at 10:05 which led to  sudden load drop  and power outage in Mumbai system.

 Mumbai’s islanding system that saves the city from major power outages was successfully separated at 9.58 am, however it could not hold sudden 1000 MW load drop at 10:05hrs. Tata Power rapidly initiated restoration by bringing in power from its three Hydro Units and activating its Trombay gas and coal units as soon as the MSETCL transmission lines were connected. Simultaneously, Tata Power started restoring supply to its consumers progressively from 12 noon onwards and throughout the course of the day. 

The inconvenience caused to the Mumbai consumers was due the MSTECL transmission system failure which led to cascading impact on all the downstream suppliers of electricity including Tata Power and BEST.

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