This Article is From Mar 20, 2014

SJVN's Rampur hydroelectric plant in Himachal starts power generation

SJVN Ltd on Thursday said its Rampur hydroelectric project in Himachal Pradesh has started generating power and will operate at full capacity by June.

"The 412 MW Rampur project has commenced power generation today with the synchronisation of its first 68.67 MW unit with the Northern Grid," the state-run company said in a statement.

The project will now be able to supply electricity to the northern transmission grid.

"All the six turbine units of 68.67 MW each will be commissioned in the next three months," SJVN chairman and managing director R P Singh said.

The first three units will start power generation during the current financial year, while the remaining three units will be commissioned by June.

Once the project is fully operational, it will generate 1,770 million units of electricity per annum, of which 30 per cent will be supplied to Himachal Pradesh. As the home state, Himachal will also get 12 per cent free power from the plant.

"The balance power will be supplied to the northern grid states - Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh and Delhi," he said.

At present, SJVN's installed capacity is 1,547.6 MW, including 1,500 MW in hydropower and 47.6 MW from wind plants.

SJVN is a joint venture between the Indian government and the Himachal Pradesh government formed to execute, operate and maintain hydroelectric power projects.

The company is implementing 10 hydroelectric projects in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Nepal and Bhutan.

SJVN's flagship 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri hydropower station has generated 7,096 million units of electricity so far this financial year.

Shares in SJVN, on Thursday, ended at Rs 20.85 apiece on the BSE, up 1.71 per cent from the previous close.