Hydroelectric Plants in India - Uttarakhand

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: Swasti Power Engineering Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 7.5-MW Francis
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: Voith
EPC: Consulting Engineering Services (India) Pvt Ltd, IVRCL Infrastructures & Projects Ltd
Quick facts: This ROR HPP is on the Bhilangana River, a tributary of Bhagirathi River in Tehri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. has been operational since Oct 2009. The scheme includes a 5m tall, 44m long weir, intake structure, 594m intake tunnel, underground desilting tank, and a two-part HRT connected by an aqueduct over the Phelenda Nala. This terminates in a 39m vertical surge shft and a 370m penstock running to a surface powerhouse. Tailwater retruns to the Bhilangana River via a short channel. The project has a 1,9km, 33kV transmission tie-line to the Ghansali Substation. Swasti is part of Greenko Grroup.

Photograph courtesy of Greenko Group plc
Posted 4 Jun 2017

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: Bhilangana Hydro Power Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 8-MW Francis
Operation: 2011-2012
T/G supplier: Voith, TDPS
EPC: Halcrow, Srinivasan Associates
Quick facts: Bhilangana-III is in Tehsil Ghansali, Tehri district on the Bhilangana Rivrer a tributary of the Bhagirathi River. The run-of-river scheme includes a divesion weir, intake and power channels, a headrace tunnel, penstocks and surfact powerhouse with horizontal sets. The BOOT project was invested by an SPV associated with Polyplex Group. The cost was about Rs275cr.

Photograph courtesy of Voith
Posted 5 Sep 2015

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: Birahiganga Hydro Power Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 2.4-MW Francis
Operation: 2011
T/G supplier: HPP Energy (India) Pvt Ltd
EPC: Dr Hutarew & Partner (India) Pvt Ltd
Quick facts: This SHP is in Chamoli Dist, 7km from Chamoli Towm. Construction started at the end of Dec 2005. The project cost Rs 6500 lacs and connects at 33kV to Kothiyalsain Substation.

Photograph courtesy of Supra Group
Posted 15 Aug 2012

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: Uttaranchal Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 1 MW, 2 X 500 kW Pelton
Operation: 1907-1914
T/G supplier: Boving
Quick facts: This plant on the Bhatta River in Dehradun District is considered India's second oldest hydroelectric plant. In 1998, SCP and Alternate Hydro Energy Centre (AHEC) University of Roorkee completed mechanical, civil and electrical repairs for the power station. Funding for the project was from CIDA.

Photograph courtesy of Gestion Conseil SCP
Posted 26 Aug 2007

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: NHPC Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 70 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2005
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Electrowatt, Kajima, Daewoo, Samsung, Hindustan Construction
Quick facts: This run-of-the-river scheme is on the Dhauliganga River, a tributary of the Kali on the Indo-Nepal border. It was authorized in Apr 1991 at a cost of Rs 602 crore and construction started in Feb 2000. Civil works include a 56m concrete face rock-fill dam, a 5.29km headrace tunnel, and an underground powerhouse, all built in very difficult terrain in the Indian Himalayas. The project is designed to generate 1,134 GWh/yr with grid connection via a 300km, double-circuit 220kV transmission line to Bareilly set up by Power Grid Corp Ltd.

Photograph courtesy of National Hydroelectric Power Corp
Posted 19 Apr 2006

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: UJVN Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 66-MW Francis
Operation: 1975-1977
T/G supplier: BHEL
EPC: Uttarakhand Irrigation Dept
Quick facts: This 630m long, 127.5m tall earthern dam on the Rambanga River was completed in 1974. It is in Garhwal district.

Photograph courtesy of india-wris.nrsc.gov.in
Posted 27 Sep 2015

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: Uttaranchal Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 3 MW Francis
Operation: 1999
T/G supplier: Kvaerner
Quick facts: This plant is on the Dhauliganga River in Pithoragarh Dist.

Photograph courtesy of Gestion Conseil SCP
Posted 26 Aug 2007

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: GVK Industries Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 82.5-MW Francis
Operation: 2016
T/G supplier: BHEL
EPC: BHEL, WAPCOS, Precision Infratech Pvt Ltd, NCC, GVK, Larsen & Toubro
Quick facts: In Mar 1998, Synergics Energy announced that its consortium with Duncans Industries known as Duncans North Hydro Power Co had signed a 30yr PPA with UPSEB for this HPP on the Alaknanda River in the Himalayas. The site had been in development since the mid-1980s, but was repeatedly delayed by lack of financing. In 1984, CEA approved the project at 200 MW. After further review, approval was given for five 66-MW units and construction started with World Bank funding. In 1990 state financial problems and the withdrawal of Bank funding put the project on hold until Aug 1994 when the state signed an MOU with Duncans for the project, which features a 90m diversion dam. At that point, the project stalled until late 2003, when Duncans signed agreements with Tata Power Co to jointly develop the plant. In 2005, however, an affiliate of GVK Power acquired Srinagar.The project achieved financial close in Aug 2007 with an estimated cost of Rs2,069cr. Punjab National Bank was the lead bank and the financing consortium also included Axis Bank Ltd and IDBI Bank Ltd. Power will be delivered to an existing 132kV switchyard at Srinagar and from there by a 60km, 500kV single-circuit line to Karnaprayag and an 80km, 400kV line to Rishikesh, both ultimately serving India’s northern regional grid.

Photograph courtesy of Larsen & Toubro
Posted 14 Nov 2015

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: NHPC Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 40-MW Kaplan
Operation: 1992
T/G supplier: BHEL
EPC: National Projects Construction Corp Ltd
Quick facts: This run-of-river HPP is on the Sharda River near Tanakpur town, Champawat district. The project comprises a 26m tall, 475m long barrage having 22 bays, a 6.4km long power channel and a surface powerhouse with thee units operating de-rated at 31.4 MW. capacity each designed to operate under the rated head of 22m and Design output is 452 GWh in a 90% dependable year The units commissioned in Mar and Apr 1993. Tanakpur is grid connected with two 220kV lines ana a siglgle 132kV line.

Photograph courtesy of NHPC Ltd
Posted 3 Jul 2017


Tehri Dam
Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: THDC Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 250 MW Francis
Operation: 2006-2007
T/G supplier: Kharkov, UETM
EPC: Hydropower Institute, National Projects Construction Corp Ltd
Quick facts: The two-stage, Tehri dam and hydro project is on the Bhagirathi River. The 260.5m rockfill dam was the largest in Asia at completion. The scheme was first contemplated in 1949, but development took over 50yrs and was the target of extended protests by local citizen groups. Final approvals for construction were in 1990. In 1996, the protests forced the Indian Prime Minister to appoint an expert committee to review the project, but the results were inconclusive and final appeals were dismissed in the fall of 2003. The second phase consists of a pumped-storage power plant with four more 250-MW sets.

Photograph courtesy of india-wris.nrsc.gov.in
Re-posted 27 Sep 2015

Location: Uttarakhand
Operator: Jaiprakash Hydro-Power Ltd (JHPL)
Configuration: 4 X 100-MW Pelton
Operation: 2006
T/G supplier: Alstom
EPC: Jaypee Infra Ventures
Quick facts: This BOO, run-of-the river project is on the Alaknanda River in Chamoli district. The head works are near Lambagarh, 15km downstream of the Badrinath Shrine, and the underground power house is near Joshimath town. An 11.3km, 4m diameter HRT runs to a 143m tall, 8m diameter surge shaft, followed by a 1.5km pressure shaft. There is also a 1.9km tailrace tunnel, Operating head is 915m. The total project cost was INR 16,940mn. The project was commissioned In Oct 2006, 6mos ahead of schedule. The project is designed to generate 1,774 GWh in a 90% dependable year and 1,947 GWh in a 50% dependable year.

Photograph courtesy of Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd
Posted 27 May 2017


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Updated 03-Jul-2017