India’s NHPC commissions 390-MW Dulhasti

India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) reports it has fully commissioned the 390-MW Dulhasti hydroelectric project on the Chandra River in Jammu and Kashmir State.

NHPC said the project’s third unit was synchronized to the transmission grid March 26. The first two units were synchronized February 28 and March 18.

The run-of-river project was built by Jaiprakash Associates Ltd. (JAL), a unit of the Jaypee Group in the Middle Himalaya Mountains. It has a 65-meter-tall, 186-meter-long concrete gravity dam, 10.5-kilometer headrace tunnel, 298-meter tailrace tunnel, and an underground powerhouse containing three 130-MW turbine-generators.

Although work initially began in 1989 under a French consortium, civil construction was suspended in 1992, with the partially completed works taken over by NHPC. The company awarded a completion contract to JAL in 1997. In 1998, the government committed to fully fund Dulhasti and six other major hydro projects as part of a new hydropower policy.

A setback occurred in January when a tunnel collapsed, killing two workers, injuring 13, and flooding the Kishtwar area of Doda District. (HNN 1/30/07)

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