How to Improve the Efficiency, Capacity, Reliability and Resilience of the Grid with ACCC® Conductor  
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SCE&G Completes ACCC Conductor River Crossing in South Carolina
 
SCE&G (a Scana Company) recently completed their 115 kV Cainhoy - Mt. Pleasant river crossing project in South Carolina. SCE&G selected Drake size ACCC conductor due to its high capacity, low sag and resistance to corrosion.
 
Approximately 39,000 feet of ACCC conductor was installed on existing steel monopoles with the help of barge mounted cranes, Burndy hardware and Wagner Smith, Klein Tools, and Tesmec pulling equipment.
 
CTC Global's Mater Installer, Robert Seekell supported MasTec, the contractor selected for this challenging project. This was SCANA's third ACCC conductor installation. SCANA's other ACCC conductor projects include the Lyles to Williams 115 kV line near Columbia, South Carolina (2012) and the Belvedere-Stevens Creek 115 kV line near Augusta, Georgia (2014).
 

First ACCC Conductor Project Completed in Jharkhand, India
 
Re-conductoring of the 61 circuit kilometer 132kV S/C Hatia - Karamdara Transmission Line was completed earlier this month, an impressive five months ahead of schedule. JUSNL (Jharkhand Urja Sancharan Nigam Limited) selected ACCC Casablanca size conductor to increase power flow to the capital city of Jharkhand, Ranchi.
 
In addition to numerous ROW challenges, the project also was completed amidst a serious Naxal insurgency threat. The ACCC conductor selected for the project was provided by Sterlite, who also served as the installation contractor.
 
Jharkhand ("Land of the Forest") is a state in eastern India, known for its waterfalls, the elegant Jain temples of Parasnath Hill and the elephants and tigers of Betla National Park. Jharkhand also comprises 40% of India's mineral resources.
 
Well over 50 ACCC projects have already been completed in India thus far.
 
Endesa & Repsol Energy Select ACCC Conductor For Key Project in Spain 
 
Realizing the need for improved grid efficiency and increased capacity, Endesa S.A. recently chose ACCC® Linnet size conductor to replace 30 circuit kilometers of an existing 66 kV transmission line. ACCC conductor was used to replace similar sized ACSR conductor on existing steel lattice structures ranging from 14 to 25 meters in height. Span lengths on the relatively flat but corrosive eastern coast of Spain ranged from ~90 to 300 meters.
 
Grupo Cobra of Spain was the EPC firm responsible for project completion. Project challenges included crossing several highways and the "Ave Train," the world's second largest high speed rail network running at nearly 200 mph. 
 
A significant need for increased efficiency, capacity and reliability was recognized by Repsol Energy Company for the ongoing Tarragona Refinery Expansion Project which began back in 1999. Repsol's facility in Tarragona, north eastern Spain, is a crucial center for European refining operations and currently has a total capacity of about 150,000 barrels per day.
 
ACCC conductor was chosen not only because of its increased capacity and efficiency, but also its proven reliability in corrosive marine environments over the past 15 years. 
 
CTC Global's Master Installer, Ismael Dones and Vice President, Europe, Andrea Sacripanti supported crew training and project logistics. Mr. Sacripanti commented: "We are happy to successfully be part of the technological transformation that is changing the face of the energy industry in Spain with low CO2 and fewer line losses."
 
CTC Global looks forward to continuing to serve the European market and help improve transmission line efficiency, capacity, reliability and resilience on a global scale.
 

CTC Global Hosts Delegation from Vietnam 
 
Led by Chairman Dang Phan Tuong, a delegation from National Power Transmission Corporation of Vietnam visited CTC Global's headquarters in Irvine, California in April. The group toured CTC's production facility, quality control and test labs and discussed ongoing and future ACCC conductor projects.
 
To date, EVNNPT has installed more than 700 kilometers of ACCC at multiple projects in Vietnam. EVNNPT currently manages and operates nearly 23,000 kilometers of transmission lines and 126 substations with a capacity of nearly 70,000 MVA.
 
CTC Global was honored to host EVNNPT's visit and looks forward to supporting EVNNPT in the coming years.
 
CTC Global Participated at IEEE PES Conference in Denver 
 
Several of CTC Global's Application Engineers, Technical Team and Business Development Leaders enjoyed spending time with our customers, manufacturing partners and friends at the IEEE PES Conference and Trade Show in Denver, Colorado earlier this month.
 
In addition to mingling at our booth and throughout the exposition room, CTC Global's Matthew Hutchison and Jeffrey Townsend also presented updates about the ever growing ACCC product line at their Products and Solutions Seminar during the conference.
 
Dave Bryant (CTC Global's Director Technology) also joined Otto Lynch (Power Line Systems), Dave Wabnegger (Quanta Services) and Jack McCall (Lindsey) in Jose Daconti's (Siemens) Overhead Transmission Line Uprating and Upgrading Panel Session where over 200 industry leaders discussed leading edge transmission solutions.

Dave Bryant's presentation "Advanced Materials for Overhead Line Reconductoring" reviewed the evolution of bare overhead conductors; discussed drivers for the development of modern conductors such as ACCC conductor; and demonstrated how modern conductors are improving the efficiency, capacity, reliability and resilience of the electric power grid. Examples discussed by both Dave Wabnegger and Dave Bryant included American Electric Power's award winning 345 kV energized reconductor project in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Video Link
 
By updating the existing double bundle ACSR Drake size conductor with ACCC conductor, AEP was able to double the capacity of the existing ROW to accommodate load growth and seasonal peak demands while also reducing line losses by 30%. Reduced line losses currently saves ~300,000 MWh (the equivalent of 28 MW of generation). Reduced line losses, based on the combined sources of generation in Texas is also reducing CO2 emissions by ~200,000 metric tons per year. This is the equivalent of removing 34,000 cars from the road.
 
To learn more about the value of emission reductions, please visit CTC Global's website www.ctcglobal.com
 
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T&D India: CTC Global is highly committed to serve India: US-based CTC Global Corporation has developed and owns the rights to the highly efficient ACCC conductor technology. CTC caters to the Indian market with strategic tie-ups with Sterlite Power and Apar. CTC Global is expanding its footprint in India with projects from both government and private entities. We have Dave Bryant and Hitesh Mundhada jointly speaking on CTC Global's journey in India on the road ahead. An interview by Venugopal Pillai. READ MORE

Global Renewable News: How to Improve the Economic Viability of Renewable Resources: Leveraging modern conductors can improve the economic viability of renewable resources projects and enable the power grid to handle added electrical current. Renewable energy resources are often located miles away from local demand centers. Wind farms, for instance, are generally found far from city limits, located on windy mountaintops or rural, prairie lands. READ MORE

Wire & Cable India: More Power to India's T&D Structure through Pioneering ACCC Conductors: The development of cutting-edge ACCC® conductors by CTC Global incorporated highly evolved aerospace technology and materials science to create a new higher-strength, lighter-weight core that could incorporate additional conductive aluminum without a weight or diameter penalty, and be utilized to reduce thermal sag, increase spans between fewer structures, carry more current, reduce line losses and improve grid reliability. READ MORE

T&D India: The SCS certification can drive better adoption of ACCC conductors: SCS has assessed that ACCC conductors developed by CTC Global can reduce CO2 emissions by 27-31 per cent vis-à-vis ACSR conductors. Tell us more about how the underlying tests were performed. How long did the entire... READ MORE

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T&D World: Energized Rebuild: The energized reconductor project in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) that finished in November 2015 is a landmark achievement for American Electric Power (AEP) and the utility industry. By capitalizing on innovative technologies from across the industry, AEP solved an immediate need to provide reliable electricity to its customers in the LRGV and simultaneously addressed future load growth. READ MORE  

Electric Energy T&D: Shedding Light on the Importance of Transmission Line Efficiency, Capacity and Reliability: Following the Western Energy Crisis of 2000 and the Major East Coast Blackout of 2003, a group of engineers from California got together to design a new type of bare overhead conductor that could carry twice the current of conventional without exhibiting excessive conductor sag. READ MORE

The Times of India: Staggered power supply may soon be a thing of the past: The Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company Limited (MSETCL) has planned for high ampacity power supply around Nashik city connecting seven of its 132 kV power stations to deliver quality power to the citizens: READ MORE

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Looking for ACCC Hardware? Check out our Supplier Parts Database 
 
CTC Global added a new Hardware Supplier Parts Database to our website. The database will help you find all of the hardware components you need to install ACCC conductor. The database shows which hardware manufacturers offer the parts you might need in your particular region while offering many options.
 
Please check it out: CLICK HERE

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In addition to our monthly newsletter and social media posts, CTC Global also posts articles on the Company's BLOG SITE. If you haven't checked it out, please do when you have free time. You will find an interesting array of project details, industry trends and efficiency discussions and much more. We also do our best to respond to posted comments.

 

 

Free Engineering Manual
 
To help Transmission and Distribution planners, engineers, policy makers, grid operators, technicians and others take full advantage of the ACCC conductor's attributes, CTC Global has published a 250 page Engineering Manual.
 
It offers a very comprehensive set of design guidelines, case studies, figures and facts about conductors and composite materials, and includes links to additional resources and FAQ's
 
To download an electronic version please click: CTC Global Resources
Free Engineering Software

CTC Global created CCP software to help system planners and engineers compare the ampacity, line losses, thermal and ice load sag, and economic aspects of nearly any conductor type and size, so the numerous advantages of the ACCC conductor can be fully realized.
 
The user simply selects the conductor types and sizes from drop down menus and enters the appropriate values & assumptions highlighted in the yellow boxes. The program is fully functional and uses standard industry formulas (such as IEEE 738-2006). Outputs are readily comparable to Sag10®, PLS CADD™ and other similar programs.
 
To request a free copy click here:  CTC Global Software
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