412 MW Rampur project starts power generation


imageShimla : The 412 MW Rampur hydro electric project in Himachal Pradesh began generating power on Thursday . The project has been built by Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited (SJVNL).

Funded by the World Bank at a cost of Rs 3400 crore on the Sutlej river , the project house is located at village Bayal in Kullu district .

After commissioning the plant SJVNL’s CMD R P Singh said all six vertical axis turbine units will be progressively commissioned in the next three months.

“The project will generate 1770 million units of electricity every year ,” Singh said .

“30 per cent of the power will be supplied to the home state of Himachal Pradesh as the company’s equity partner. The hill state will also receive 12 per cent free power,” the CMD said .

The balance of power will be supplied to the northern grid states namely Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh & Delhi.

The Rampur project is close to the 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri project upstream .Also built and run by SJVNL , Nathpa is the country’s largest hydro-electric project .