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Black & Veatch extends BOLD® transmission tech to Asian utilities


In a bid to improve Asia’s energy transition, Black & Veatch, a U.S. based construction engineering company, has decided to extend its Breakthrough Overhead Line Design ® (BOLD) consultancy services to Indonesia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Over the years, Asia has seen tremendous progress in energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives. One effective way to improve the overall grid reliability and transmission capacity is by adopting advanced transmission solutions that promote effective interconnection.

With the help of BOLD®’s innovative transmission line technology, the region could easily transition into a sustainable ecosystem. For the record, Black & Veatch is the exclusive design consultant of BOLD® in Asia.

Reportedly, BOLD® specifications and structures have the capability to offer higher power delivery capacity, enabling more electricity to be delivered and transmitted while vindicating community impacts through reduced footprint over conventional approaches and lowered structure heights. As a result, less land is occupied while fulfilling such heavy capacity needs.

Moreover, the BOLD® proprietary design solution employs a compact circuit arrangement, a unique insulator assembly, and an arched cross-arm to hold two circuits, allowing a lower profile that can simplify land acquisition and siting processes.

The BOLD® structure also minimizes the overall width needed for a new corridor. With 150’ ROW (Right-of-Way), BOLD® structures can easily deliver nearly 2000 megawatts (MW). Typically, to carry such amount of power, the traditional configuration would need almost 450’ of ROW.

Speaking on the move, Narsingh Chaudhary, Managing Director and Executive Vice President of Asia Power Business, Black & Veatch, said that the existing ROW or transmission corridors restrict expansion possibilities as they are overly crowded.

Asian utilities are struggling to procure new ROWs for transmission lines, particularly within urban sectors. Incorporating BOLD’s advanced transmission line structure along with the company’s proven deployment and engineering expertise could massively benefit the region in maximizing its transmission line’s capacity.

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