Hydroelectric Power Plants in India -
Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan

Dehar
Location: Rajasthan
Operator: Bhakra Beas Management Board
Configuration: 6 X 165 MW Francis
Operation: 1977-1983
T/G supplier: BHEL, GEC-Alstom
EPC: Beas Construction Board
Quick facts: Dehar is on the right bank of River Sutlej upstream of Slapper bridge. The water coming out of Sundernagar Sutlej Tunnel enters into a surge shaft. At the exit end, the tunnel is trifurcated into 8ft steel outlet pipes.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Water Resources
Posted 11 Mar 2006

Hirakud (Burla)
Location: Rajasthan
Operator: Orissa Hydro Power Corp Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 49.5 MW Kaplan, 2 X 32 MW Francis, 3 X 37.5 MW Kaplan
Operation: 1956-1990
T/G supplier: English Electric, Voith, Siemens, Hitachi
Quick facts: The Hirakud Dam is on the River Mahanadi 15km upstream of Sambalpur town and was the first post-independence major multi purpose river valley project in the country. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru laid the foundation stone in 1948. The Burla powerhouse is on the right bank at the dam and there is a second smaller powerhouse at Chiplima 22km downstream. Units 3&4 were rebuilt and uprated to 32 MW by Voith Siemens.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Water Resources
Posted 11 Mar 2006

Indira Sagar
Location: Madhya Pradesh
Operator: NHDC Ltd
Configuration: 8 X 125 MW Francis
Operation: 2004-2006
T/G supplier: BHEL
EPC: Central Electricity Authority, Central Water Commission, UB Engineering, Continental Construction
Quick facts: Indira Sagar is a multipurpose project on the Narmada River 10km from Punasa Village, Khandwa District. The foundation stone was laid by Indira Gandhi on 23 Oct 1984. The concrete gravity dam has a crest length of 653m and a maximum height of 92m. The surface powerhouse is on the right bank and has a 202m machine hall fed by eight, 8m penstocks. NHDC is a joint venture of NHPC and the MP government set up on 1 Aug 2000.

Photograph courtesy of Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corp Ltd
Posted 28 Feb 2009

Jawahar Sagar
Location: Rajasthan
Operator: Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 33 MW Francis
Operation: 1973-1974
T/G supplier: AC, CGE
EPC: Beas Construction Board
Quick facts: Part of the Chambal River hydroelectric scheme owned in equal shares by Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Jawahar Sagar dam is the third dam in the series of Chambal Valley projects, located 29km upstream of Kota and 26km downstream of Rana Pratap Sagar dam. The concrete gravity dam is 45m high and 393m long.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Water Resources
Posted 11 Mar 2006

Maheshwar
Location: Madhya Pradesh
Operator: Shree Maheshwar Hydro Power Corp Ltd
Configuration: 10 X 40 MW Kaplan
Operation: 2010
T/G supplier: BHEL
EPC: BHEL, SEW Construction, Prasad & Co
Quick facts:In 1993, the government awarded the concession for the 400-MW Maheshwar project to the Indian textile company S Kumars. The site in Nimad District 2km upstream from the town of Mandleshwar had been in development since 1978. After years of delay and numerous changes in ownership, the project is now controlled by Shree Maheshwar Hydro Power Corp Ltd, 68.7% owned by Entegra Ltd. Entegra in turn is controlled by MW Corp Pvt Ltd, a company that was formed as part of the reorganization of S Kumnars Group in December 2006. Work restarted in Nov 2005, but hs anot yet completed due to cash-flow problems. The final cost estimate is Rs 27.6bn.

Photograph courtesy of Entegra Ltd
Posted 17 Feb 2010

Mahi Bajaj
Location: Rajasthan
Operator: Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 25 MW, 2 X 45 MW Francis
Operation: 1986-1989
T/G supplier: BHEL
Quick facts: Development of the multistate Mahi Bajaj Sagar Project started with laying of the foundation stone in 1960. The project is named after national leader Shri Jamnala Bajaj. Major construction activities started in 1972 and the project was dedicated by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Jan 1983. Releases from Mahi Reservoir are to Power House I (2 x 25 MW), 8km from Banswara town, for sale into Rajasthan. The share of Gujarat state is routed to Power House II (2x45 MW) 40km from Banswara town on the bank of the Anas River, a major tributary of the Mahi.

Photograph courtesy of Ministry of Water Resources
Posted 9 Apr 2006

Omkareshwar
Location: Madhya Pradesh
Operator: NHDC Ltd
Configuration: 8 X 65 MW Francis
Operation: 2007-2008
T/G supplier: Voith, Siemens
EPC: Voith Siemens Hydro, Jaiprakash Industries
Quick facts: The Omkareshwar multipurpose project is 80km from Indore and 40km down stream of Indira Sagar. The scheme was cleared by CCEA in Mar 20043 and the foundation stone was laid by then Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 30 Aug 2003. The last unit was synchronized on 5 Nov 2007, well ahead of sanctioned schedule despite a last-minute, 3mo delay in filling the reservoir. This was an Indian record for projects of this scope. Annual production is expected to be 1.1 TWh. The 949m long concrete gravity dam reaches a maximum height of 53m. The surface powerhouse is within the dam body on the right bank of the Narmada and uses eight 7.66m penstocks. The plant is connected to the grid via a 220kV switchyard.

Photograph courtesy of Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corp Ltd
Posted 28 Feb 2009

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 07-Jul-2014

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