India ministry approves 3.75-MW Durgaduani Tidal

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has approved construction of the 3.75-MW Durgaduani Tidal Power project in West Bengal State.

Project owner West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA) is developing the project with India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC).

NHPC last year called for consultants to design and plan the project, which was increased from 3.65 MW as a result of a detailed project report (DPR). (HNN 2/5/07) NHPC and Hydro Tasmania Consultants India Ltd. submitted an updated DPR to WBREDA in November.

The project is to be built in Durgaduani Creek at Sunderban for an investment of about 500 million rupees (US$12.6 million). The central government is to provide 90 percent of the funding, while West Bengal State provides 10 percent. Work is to be completed by 2010.

WBREDA is expected to solicit bids within about a month for Indian companies to build the project.

For information, contact West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency, Department of Power &NES, Bilkalpa Shakti Bhavan, J-1/10, EP &GP Block, Sector V, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700091 West Bengal, India; (91) 33-23575038; Fax: (91) 33-23575347; E-mail: wbreda@cal.vsnl.net.in; Internet: www.wbreda.org.

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