Bhel commissions Ist unit of Kishanganga hydro project in J&K

The first 110-MW turbine-generator unit at the 330-MW Kishanganga hydro project in India has been commissioned, according to a press release from Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).

Kishanganga (also called Kishenganga) is being developed by NHPC Ltd. and is located on the Kishanganga River in the Baramulla district of Jammu & Kashmir. Its development involves the construction of a 37-m-high concrete-faced rockfill dam and an underground powerhouse. Total cost of the project is INR36.4 billion (US$558 million).

When complete, the facility will generate 1,350 million units of electricity annually, NHPC says. Also, additional energy generation of 312.62 MUs at the Uri-I and Uri-II projects would be available after the completion of Kishanganga.

BHEL executed the electromechanical package for the project, which comprised the design, manufacture, supply, installation and commission of vertical-shaft Pelton turbines and matching synchronous generators, controls and monitoring system (SCADA), and electrical and mechanical auxiliaries.

Other hydroelectric facilities NHPC has under construction are 800-MW Parbati-II in Himachal Pradesh and 2,000-MW Lower Subansiri in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The company has total operating hydroelectric generating capacity of 6,717 MW from 22 facilities. The first of these, 180-MW Baira Siul, was commissioned in 1981.