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BHEL commissions two units of 600-MW Kameng hydroelectric in Arunachal Pradesh

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned two of the four units of the 600-MW Kameng Hydroelectric Project in Arunachal Pradesh, India. BHEL says this is the largest unit rating (150 MW) for hydropower generating sets in that state.

This greenfield hydro project is being developed by North Eastern Electric Power Corporation Limited (NEEPCO) and is located in the West Kameng district. Kameng is a run-of-river scheme that will utilize the flow from the Bichom and Tenga rivers.

The Francis turbines commissioned for this project are designed to operate at rated head of 501 meters, making them the highest head Francis type hydro turbines in the country. On commissioning of all four units, the project will be able to generate 3,353 Million Units (MU) of clean electricity annually.

BHEL’s scope in the project comprises design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of four 150-MW vertical Francis turbines and matching synchronous generators, transformers, control and monitoring (SCADA) system and associated auxiliaries.

BHEL has commissioned 710 MW of hydropower projects in Arunachal Pradesh so far, accounting for around 84% of the total installed capacity in the state, according to a press release.

Earlier this month, BHEL reported it had won an order for the electromechanical works for the 40-MW Rahughat Hydroelectric Project in Nepal.