Western Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Ltd. (WESCO)

An associate company of Reliance, Western Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Ltd. (WESCO) provides non-stop electric supply to 9 districts in western region of Orissa. Formed in 1997 and caters to 8.71 million people, Subsidiary of GRIDCO. The company performs a large number of functions including construction, maintenance and repair of distribution lines, purchase and sale of electricity, collecting revenue etc.

A Reliance Associate

Western Electricity Supply Company of Orissa Ltd. (WESCO) is the main enterprise that provides electrical power supply to the western region of Orissa. WESCO is an individual company that functions under GRIDCO or Grid Corporation of Orissa Limited. Previously, electric supply in Orissa was provided by Orissa State Electricity Board. Their work was taken over by GRIDCO which serves through four individual enterprises.

Reliance Energy Limited (REL) played a pivotal role in initiating the privatization of power companies in Orissa. It offered Reliance to invest in these power companies in order to increase their efficiency and competitiveness. WESCO, therefore, became an associate company of Reliance Power in the year 2003 with Reliance getting the ownership of 51% shares of WESCO.

Lighting Western Orissa

Reliance Power helps in the management and operational functions of WESCO, the headquarters of which is located at Burla. WEESCO is under the public sector and was formed in 1997. It was initially totally owned and managed by GRIDCO. But presently, Reliance, a major shareholder of WESCO, also plays a key role in its functions, operations and management.

Providing electric power supply to a 9 districts in western Orissa, WESCO caters to a large population of about 8.71million people. The districts served by WESCO include Sambalpur, Sonepur, Bargarh, Sundargarh, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Nuapada, Kalahandi and Bolangir. The coverage area is 47,000 square kilometers and the energy input is approximately 1,600 Mus.

The main objective of WESCO is to provide continuous electric supply and value added service to the consumers. WESCO carries out a number of responsibilities which are as given below:

  • Purchasing electric power from GRIDCO and selling it to the consumers
  • Constructing new lines for transmission and distribution of power
  • Maintaining and restoring the old lines which have become dysfunctional
  • Installing new meters and replacing the obsolete ones
  • Making bills, distributing them and collecting the taxes from consumers
  • Look into matters related to consumer grievances

    Development in the power sector, customer satisfaction, improvement of production by application of technology, quality oriented performance and protection of environment are the topmost priorities of WESCO. Working in tandem to the industrial development of the state, WESCO is moving towards a new horizon that will ensure that its entire supply area is well lit.

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