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.

Jeremy Parkin

Jeremy is news editor for Helicopter Investor Jeremy's interest in aviation started during his school days, and while at university he decided to focus on helicopters. This led him to build a detailed database - eventually with global coverage of over 130,000 civil and military helicopters. In 1999, Jeremy launched the world's first helicopter news website, which he continues today through his ownership of HeliHub.com. Jeremy brings his expert industry knowledge in a partnership with Helicopter Investor, which includes exclusive opinion pieces for us. You can contact him at jeremy.parkin@gmail.com or follow him on twitter @helihub

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