India approves construction of 412-MW Rampur

India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved construction of the 412-MW Rampur hydroelectric project on the Satluj River in India’s Himachal Pradesh State.

Hydro developer Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) is to build the 20.47 billion rupee (US$458 million) project in Shimla and Kullu districts. (HNN 5/24/06)

CCEA said January 11 that SJVN, a joint venture of India’s federal government and Himachal Pradesh, is to fund the project with 6.14 billion rupees (US$137.4 million) in equity from internal accruals plus 14.3 billion rupees (US$320.6 million) in commercial loans. In 2006, SJVN applied for a loan from the World Bank’s International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Rampur is to be a run-of-river project utilizing tailrace waters of SJVN’s 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri project. (HNN 4/14/06) Equipment is to include six 68.67-MW vertical Francis turbines and synchronous generators.

CCEA said Rampur is to begin operating by 2011 or 2012, adding the project is intended to help reduce the power shortage in India’s northern region.

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