Erickson wins Indian transmission tower lifting contract
Erickson has won a S64 helicopter contract with Indian power company Sterlite Grid. The operator will help install some 160 power transmission towers in the Pir Panjal mountain range in northern India.
This is the first time that a heavy lift helicopter has been used to install transmission lines in India. The contract will start in the middle of 2016.
“We are committed to the nation’s vision to electrify every home in a time-bound manner. We strongly believe innovation and cutting-edge technologies will be the key driver to achieve faster growth,” says Pratik Agarwal, Vice Chairman of Sterlite Power Grid Ventures. “We are glad to introduce a global leader like Erickson to the potential of India’s infrastructure sector and look forward to working with the company on future projects”
Sterlite Grid is the largest private developer of power transmission systems in India. It believes that by using Erickson it will be able to finish the project 10 months ahead of schedule.
Erickson will transport materials and steel as well as using the Aircrane’s high precision lift capability to erect towers. The work will be performed at altitudes between 9,000 feet (2743 metres) and 12,500 feet in a remote region of the Himalayas.
The helicopter operator has more than 40 years’ experience of building transmission towers. It also specialises in working in remote environments. Erickson believes there are other opportunities in India.
Sterlite Grid owns and operates around 3,200 km of power network across eight states in India. It is the first Indian developer to deploy aerial technologies such as LiDAR survey and helicopter-aided construction in India.