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India firm completes 110MW hydroelectric plant in Sikkim state

Gati Infrastructure finishes construction work on a $221m hydroelectric power plant in India’s north-eastern state

Using two 55MW units of hydro turbines and generators, Gati say that the project has a peak capacity of 8000MW

An Indian electricity company has completed work on an 110MW hydroelectric plant powered with French technology in the north-eastern state of Sikkim. Gati Infrastructure has officially announced completion of the USD 221m plant, which the company has said is operating at a steady state.

The plant, christened Chuzachen, harnesses the water flow from the rivers Rangpo and Rongli. It uses two 55MW units of hydro turbines and generators, which were provided by Indian arm of French firm Alstom. Construction of the plant was completed in May 2013.

Mahendra Agarwal, promoter of Gati Infrastructure, explained the choice of location for the plant and its potential.

He said: “Sikkim is a growing economy in the north east with average rainfall higher than in several other Himalayan States. With glacial melt and the perennial rivers, Sikkim has a peak potential capacity of 8,000MW of hydro-electric power.”

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Alstom India delivered the hydro power units for Chuzachen in May. Frederic Teyssedou, unit managing director, said of the firm’s involvement in the plant: "The successful commissioning of the Chuzachen project is a testament of the strong capabilities enjoyed by Alstom in the hydro arena. Through the know-how and technological expertise accumulated across the world, Alstom is committed to provide world class products and solutions to meet the needs and challenges of the Indian hydro market."

Gati Infrastructure has two other hydropower projects under construction in Sikkhim. These are a 71MW project called Sada-Mangder and a 54MW project called Bhasmey.

Through a share subscription agreement, GE Energy Financial Services India invested USD 221m for the project. This makes it the first privately owned project in the north-eastern part of the country.

Northern India has been a big market for hydropower projects this year. GE India’s parent company provided variable-speed systems for a 1000MW ‘’first-of-a-kind’’ hydropower plant for the region in May.