Brief: Foundation stone laid for 624-MW Kiru hydroelectric project

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid the foundation stone of 624-MW Kiru Hydroelectric Project, The Tribune reported.

This project is being built by Chenab Valley Power Projects Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between NHPC, JKSPDC Ltd (a Jammu & Kashmir government undertaking) and PTC Ltd.

In September 2014, India’s Union Cabinet gave initial investment approval for this project. At that time, the cabinet approved infusion of equity up to 16 billion rupees (US$263 million) by government-owned hydro developer NHPC Ltd. in Chenab Valley Power Projects for construction of the 1,000-MW Pakal Dul hydro facility and for initial investment in the Kiru and 560-MW Kwar hydroelectric projects.

According to NHPC’s website, Kiru is a run-of-river scheme that will be located 25 km upstream of the 390-MW Dulhasti Hydroelectric Project on the Chenab River in the Doda district of Jammu & Kashmir. The underground powerhouse will contain four 150-MW turbine-generator units (the NHPC website lists a capacity of 600 MW), and water will be impounded by a concrete gravity dam 140 m high.

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