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First Francis turbine generates power at 412MW India hydro plant

First of six 68.67MW vertical-axis Francis turbines at SJVN’s Rampur hydroelectric plant is commissioned and connected to India northern grid

Francis turbine at hydroelectric plant
Operator SJVN said all six 68.67MW Francis turbines at the Rampur hydroelectric plant will be generating power by June 2014

The first of six Francis turbines has started generating power at the 412MW Rampur hydroelectric plant in India. The first 68.67MW vertical-axis Francis turbine has been commissioned at the hydroelectric plant and connected to India’s northern grid. The remaining Francis turbines will be commissioned to generate power to northern India over the next three months, operator SJVN has said.  

SJVN, which is a joint venture of the government of India and Government of Himachal Pradesh, is operating the hydroelectric plant, located on river Satluj in Himachal Pradesh. SJVN also said the “mechanical wet spinning” of Unit-II at the hydro plant had been “successfully achieved.”

The commissioning ceremony was performed by SJVN's CMD, Shri R.P. Singh at the hydro project's power house in village Bayal in district Kullu. Singh was accompanied by directors, as well as general manager and head of the Rampur hydroelectric project, Shri K.K Gupta.

Singh and other directors said they appreciated the efforts made by Gupta and his entire team in “expediting construction of the project in the face of a host of geological surprises encountered, as well as implementation of the unique parameters of tandem operations.”

Gupta said: “This is a momentous occasion for SJVN as another hydropower project of the company has come into generation.”

After formally commissioning the plant, Singh said all six 68.67MW vertical-axis Francis turbine units will be progressively commissioned and be generating power by June 2014.

The Rampur hydroelectric plant will generate 1770 million units of electricity per annum. 30 per cent of this will be supplied to home state Himachal Pradesh, which is the company's equity partner, in addition to 12 per cent free power. Power generated will be supplied to northern grid Indian states Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh and Delhi.

The news about the Rampur hydroelectric plant follows other achievements in India’s hydropower sector this year. This includes India’s largest plant the 1500MW Nathpa Jhakri hydropower station, winning awards for the third year running for its “meritorious performance”.