India state, SJVN sign pacts for 775-MW Luhri, 40-MW Dhaulasidh

Hydro developer Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd. (SJVN) has signed memoranda of understanding with the Himachal Pradesh State government for development of the 775-MW Luhri and 40-MW Dhaulasidh hydroelectric projects in Himachal Pradesh.

SJVN, a joint venture of India’s federal government and Himachal Pradesh State, previously said it had been allocated the projects for preparation of detailed project reports and execution. (HNN 10/8/08) SJVN Chairman H.K. Sharma and Himachal Pradesh Principal Secretary (Power) Ajay Mittal signed the agreements October 27.

Luhri is being implemented on the Satluj River in Shimla, Mandi, and Kullu districts, downstream of the 412-MW Rampur project, which SJVN already is building. (HNN 10/15/08) SJVN received expressions of interest in July for construction of Luhri. (HNN 6/4/08)

Luhri includes an 86-meter-tall concrete gravity dam, a 38-kilometer headrace tunnel, four steel-lined pressure shafts with penstock length of 173 meters, an underground powerhouse containing four 193.75-MW Francis turbine-generators, and a 454-meter tailrace tunnel.

Dhaulasidh is to be built on the Beas River near Sanotu in Hamirpur District. It includes a 130-meter-long concrete dam, two 52-meter penstocks, and a surface powerhouse at the dam toe containing two 20-MW turbine-generators.

SJVN said a special purpose vehicle is to be formed with 51 percent participation of the government of India via SJVN and 49 percent participation of the state.

SJVN is to supply India’s entire equity participation and 25 percent of Himachal Pradesh’s equity participation from revenues of SJVN’s 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri hydroelectric project, also on the Satluj. (HNN 11/3/08) Himachal Pradesh is to pay the remainder.

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