The new Chairman and Managing Director of Power Grid Corporation of India follows good examples before him and therefore, as he steps into his predecessor SK Chaturvedi's shoes, he also enters the new challÂenge of rural transmission and new and replacement technology such as high voltage (HV) cabling and smart grids. His entry was celebrated with the commissioning of transmission lines from the Mundra UMPP, India's first and more recently, a massive ($750 million) loan from Asian Development Bank (ADB) to finance a 1,300 km transmission link for the bulk transfer of 3,000 MW from Chhattisgarh to areas of high demand in the north using 800 kV high-voltage direct current (HVDC) technology, a key driver of smart grid development.
Fortunately, RN Nayak comes with over 33 years of work experience in the power sector, including 20 years in Power Grid, where he has handled multi-disciplinary functions like engineering, corporate quality assurance and inspection, load dispatch and communication, grid management, contracts management, telecom, operation & maintenance, commercial as well as human resource management. Prior to joining Power Grid in 1991, he has also worked for about 7 years in NTPC and had a stint with SAIL. He has been direction (operations) of Power Grid since 2009.
An M Tech (Electrical) degree-holder from IIT, Kharagpur, Nayak has been instrumental in introducing many new technologies in the Indian power sector such as EMS/SCADA projects, 800 kV HVDC and 1,200 kV UHVAC, which are in various stages of implementation.