Category: Hydro/Hydel

January 18, 2016

 The government is pondering to bring big hydropower plants under the ambit of renewable energy, giving the capital-intensive projects access to international funds and benefits available to green power, besides raising carbon-free generation of electricity as committed by India in UN climate talks.

Power industry experts see this as an opportunity  which will  get more capital and also find it easier to sell power as state power distribution companies are obliged to purchase some power from renewable sources.

Once implemented, about 42 gigawatts of installed hydro power plants is expected to be added to the country’s existing green energy portfolio of 37 GW, more than doubling the green portfolio of power generation to 28% from around 13% now.

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin
October 15, 2015

In a major relief for Uttarakhand, the Supreme Court has said the environment ministry was free to approve hydropower projects in the state, except in Alaknanda-Bhagirathi river basins. The relief — in the form of an explicit clarification by the apex court on Monday that its earlier order asking the ministry not to process clearances was only with regard to 24 projects in the two river basins and did not extend to other projects — came on the insistence of the Uttarakhand government.

The state consistently opposed efforts to allow a reevaluation of the environmental viability of all hydropower projects on the grounds that its economy was being crippled.

However, the environment ministry took a more ambivalent stance. ET had reported on February 18 that the ministry backtracked from its stated position calling for a re-evaluation of the environmental parameters of these projects following a meeting called by top officials of the PMO. 

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin
October 15, 2015

To increase production of green electricity in the state, the Odisha government today decided to renovate three major hydro-power stations with an investment of about Rs 887 crore. A decision to this effect was taken at a high level review meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today.

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin
September 28, 2015

Power and automation technology group ABB today said it has readied first phase of North-East Agra 800 kilovolt (kv) transmission link to supply hydro-power from north-eastern India. “ABB has energised the first pole of the North-East Agra 800 kilovolt (kv) ultra-high voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission link, which will supply clean hydro-power from north-eastern India to a nodal substation in Agra and from there, feed it across North India,” the company said in a release.

According to the statement, the project is being executed by ABB together with BHEL on a turnkey basis, including design, system engineering, supply, installation and commissioning for Power Grid Corp. This completes phase one of the project, which enables transfer of up to 1,500 megawatt (mw) of electricity along this link across 1,728 kilometres, it said. When fully commissioned in 2016, the link will become the world’s first multi-terminal UHVDC connection, capable of transmitting enough electricity to serve around 90 million people based on average national consumption, it added. The North-East Agra link will help address the shortage of power in North India by transporting hydropower generated in the mountainous North-East. ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies which enables utility, industry, and transport and infr

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin
September 8, 2015

As many as 11 hydropower projects with a total capacity of about 2,700 MW can be implemented out of the 13 planned in the Tawang river basin in Arunachal Pradesh, subject to strict environmental safeguards and mitigation measures, says a government study.

However, the other two hydropower projects ‘Tsa chu-I’ and ‘Thingbu chu’ with a combined capacity of over 100 MW should not be implemented due to their possible impact on biodiversity-rich forests and mountain ecosystems, it added. 

The study ‘Perspective plan for development of Tawang river basin’ was commissioned by Arunachal Pradesh government to assess the impact of 13 hydropower projects planned in the basin following the direction from the Centre’s Forest Advisory Committee.

The study, conducted by the North-Eastern Hill University, was carried out for two years and the final report was submitted in June 2015.

“No human population or habitation will be displaced due to implementation of the proposed projects since all the projects are run-of-the river schemes and do no involve the creation of reservoir. However, the unique biodiversity, undisturbed high forests, and rich cultural diversity of Tawang River Basin will be affected if these projects are implemented,” the study said.

“Therefore, a balanced approach needs to be worked out with an aim to optimis

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin
August 23, 2015

Looking forward to green power generation, the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has commissioned the first-ever hydropower plant in the national capital which will produce 20,000 kWh of electricity per year. The plant has been commissioned at Chilla area in East Delhi. “This is the first plant in Delhi which will be run through hydraulic turbines propelled by treated effluent coming out of a Sewerage Treatment Plant (STP). “The treated effluent here falls through the height of 4.8m which due to created pressure and velocity leads to rotation of turbine thereby generating power,” DJB said in an statement today. The generated electricity will be utilised at STP itself and the plant will produce 20,000 kWh of electricity per year.

“It is a pilot project which has been set up free of cost. We are also exploring the possibility of replication of this ‘Green Power Generation’ at other installations as well,” the statement said.

“The use of fossil fuels leads to generation of carbon dioxide, which in turn leads to Green House Effect and Global Warming. However, no fossil fuel is being used in generation of power through Hydro-power at Chilla. Therefore, this technology is termed as poll

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin
August 23, 2015

With Pakistan expressing reservations over the under-construction Ratle Hydroelectric Power Project in Jammu and Kashmir, India has sought resolution of the issue through talks. The Centre’s response came after the Pakistani Government sent a missive to India demanding appointment of a ‘neutral expert’ under provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty for the 850-MW power project being constructed on the Chenab river, sources in the Union Water Resources Ministry said. In a communication to the Indus Water Commissioner in India about 20 days ago, the sources said, Pakistan raised certain apprehensions over the project design.

Pakistan has raised the issue of setting up of lower spillways for sediment management, which it apprehends could lead to flooding. Pakistan is of the view that higher spillways should be established instead of lower spillways, the sources said. “In return, we have written to the Pakistan Government 10 days back. In our reply, we have sought to hold talks over the issue,” a senior ministry official, who is privy to the development, to

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin
May 5, 2015

India is planning an exhaustive basin-wise study of the hydropower potential in the country after a gap of 28 years to gather fresh data looking at energy security and factors ranging from climate change and earthquakes to human displacement. The study will assess the environmental and social impact of river basin development. The last such survey was undertaken in 1978-87. India’s apex power-sector planning body, The Central Electricity Authority (CEA), is leading the ambitious project and plans to appoint a consultant for the work. Concerns over climate change and its impact on rainfall and on river flow and its patterns, may have an impact on plans for hydropower generation. This comes in the backdrop of widespread protests against hydropower projects from people who are at risk of being displaced by the projects. Most of India’s hydropower potential falls in seismic zone 5, a region classified as highly vulnerable to high-intensity quakes. The exercise will also consider issues such as site geology, submergence and impact on environment and forests.

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin
March 19, 2015

ITANAGAR: According to a press release informed, the 600-MW Kameng Hydro Electric Project that projects an annual generation of 3353 MU of electricity is now stated to be ready with completion of the 14.47 km long Head Race Tunnel (HRT) . The 10-year-old project, which started in February 2005, is now completed with the HRT able to feed water to the hydro-turbines of Kimi Power House from the Bichom Dam.The project is being executed by North East Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO).
 

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin
March 19, 2015

NEW DELHI:  According to Power Minister Piyush Goyal  uncertainties in the hydro power sector are keeping investors away from hydel projects although the country has huge potential.Many hydel power projects are facing hurdles, resulting in long delays and stoppage of works.He told the Lok Sabha “There is uncertainty over hydro power projects… Investors are not ready to make investments. Even though existing hydel projects are generating electricity at cheaper rates, many new ones are stuck and cited the examples of Subansiri ( Assam) and Teesta (Sikkim) plants, among others. Different projects are stuck due to different reasons,” he said and cited politics, environmental issues and court rulings being among the various reasons.He assured that government would make efforts to start hydel projects once the “uncertainty” is over.At the end of January, installed hydro power generation capacity in the country stood at nearly 41,000 MW.The Minister noted that  the House needs to have a discussion on hydel projects in the country and added that  many regions including North East and Uttarakhand have significant hydro potential.

Posted in Hydro/Hydel by admin