India firm to develop 90-MW Mawphu

North Eastern Electric Power Corp. Ltd. (NEEPCO) has signed a memorandum of agreement with India’s Meghalaya State to build the 90-MW Mawphu hydroelectric project on the Umiew River.

NEEPCO said the December signing was made possible by cooperation of Meghalaya and India’s Ministry of Power. Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde advised Meghalaya in 2007 to delegate Mawphu and the 500-MW Garo Hills thermal plant to NEEPCO.

NEEPCO submitted a detailed project report on Mawphu to the Central Electricity Authority in March 2007. Located in East Khasi Hills District, Mawphu is to feature two 45-MW turbine-generators.

The utility said pre-construction activities are expected to begin in 18 months, subject to receipt of statutory clearances.

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