Bank approves India program including small hydro

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$300 million financing facility for a program to develop or renovate small hydropower projects and expand the transmission system of India’s Uttaranchal State.

ADB said March 31 it will finance part of the program from 2006-2012, covering construction of small hydropower plants, expansion of the transmission system, and support to enable government agencies to carry out program activities.

ADB said the program would fund:
o Small hydropower development, including up to six plants totaling 35 MW, renovation of one or two existing small hydro plants, and construction of a hydro-meteorological system to support generating operations and long-term hydropower development planning; and
o Transmission system expansion, including construction of high-voltage lines to carry power from new hydropower plants built by the state and by other developers.

The bank previously said it anticipated international bidding for power plant equipment, associated civil works, and transmission systems for four new small hydropower plants: Madhyamaheshwar, Kaliganga, Kaliganga 2, and Kaldigad. Additionally, it said domestic bidding was expected for civil works, including diversion weirs, power channels, tunnels, and powerhouses for Kaliganga 2 and Kaldigad.

ADB also said it anticipated international bidding for modernization and upgrading of the 20.4-MW Pathri and 9.3-MW Mohammadpur projects on Upper Ganga Canal.

For information, contact Secretary N. Ravi Shanker, Uttaranchal Energy and Irrigation Dept., Government of Uttaranchal, Dehradun, Uttaranchal 248001 India; (91) 135-2712040; Fax: (91) 135-2712044; E-mail: nravishanker@yahoo.com.

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