Prime minister lays foundation stone for India’s 3,000-MW Dibang

India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone January 31 of the 3,000-MW Dibang hydroelectric project being built on the Dibang River in India’s Arunachal Pradesh State.

National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) is developing Dibang in a joint venture with Arunachal Pradesh outlined in 2006. (HNN 9/25/06)

The 164.25 billion rupee (US$4.1 billion) multipurpose project is to include a 228-meter-tall, 816.3-meter-long concrete gravity dam and a powerhouse with 12 250-MW turbine-generators. In addition to generating power, the project is to provide flood moderation and navigation benefits on the Dibang in Lower Dibang Valley District.

The prime minister said Arunachal Pradesh will receive 3 billion rupees (US$75.6 million) annually in the form of free electricity from the project. He said the state has mighty rivers upon which other large dams can be built generating electricity worth tens of millions of rupees.

Singh urged the Arunachal Pradesh government to work with the central government for early completion of hydro projects. Arunachal Pradesh State signed agreements in 2006 with NHPC and two other India developers to carry out nine hydroelectric projects totaling 13,830 MW.

NHPC also is developing in Arunachal Pradesh the 2,000-MW Subansiri Lower, 1,600-MW Subansiri Middle, 2,000-MW Subansiri Lower, 750-MW Tawang 1, 750-MW Tawang 2. It previously completed the 4-MW Sippi and 6-MW Kambang projects in the state.

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