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India’s largest hydropower station wins performance award for third consecutive year

1500MW Nathpa Jhakri hydropower station awarded bronze and silver shields for “meriticulous performance” over last two years

Hydropower dam
The Ministry of Power instituted the hydropower award scheme for recognising meritorious performance in the power sector

India’s largest hydropower station has won awards for the third year running for its “meritorious performance”. The 1500MW Nathpa Jhakri hydropower station, which is a concrete dam on the Satluj River in Himachal Pradesh, India, has been awarded a bronze and silver shield for its performance over the last two years. This follows the hydropower station being awarded a gold shield for its performance in 2010 to 2011.

The Ministry of Power, Government of India, presented the prestigious awards. Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, Hon'ble minister of state for power gave the awards to Shri R.P. Singh, CMD of Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVNL) and general manager Shri Sanjeev Sood, at a function at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

The Ministry of Power said: “For its meritorious performance during the year 2011 to 2012 and 2012 to 2013, India's largest 1500MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station has been awarded a Bronze Shield and Silver Shield respectively. This is the successive third year that the performance of the Nathpa Jhakri Power Station has been awarded.”

The Ministry of Power said it has instituted the comprehensive award scheme for recognising meritorious performance in the power sector in the year 2004 to 2005. The Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (6 x 250MW) of SJVN was evaluated for the silver and bronze shield for the year by the Central Electricity Authority in the category Performance of Hydropower Stations. 

The Indian hydropower station is supplying power to nine northern grid states. These are Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh and Delhi. 

The hydropower station, which has been in operation since 2003, established a record power generation of 7610MU during the year 2011 to 2012, with PAF (plant availability factor) of 104.26 per cent. During the year 2011 to 2012, it also generated 6777MU with a PAF of 105.9 per cent. In the current year 2013 to 2014, the hydropower station has generated more than 6800MU to date.