PM Narendra Modi, dedicated three Hydro Electric Projects (HEP) in Himachal Pradesh, representing 1,732 MW of generating capacity, to the nation. Significantly, all the three power projects, Koldam HEP (4×200 MW) of NTPC, Parbati HEP Stage-III (4×130 MW) of NHPC and Rampur HEP (6×68.67 MW) of SJVN, are equipped with generating equipment supplied and commissioned by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
The generation from these hydro projects will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help in achieving a low carbon path. The government is contemplating inclusion of large hydro projects in the fold of Renewable Energy to provide an impetus to these projects.
H E Acharya Devvrat, Governor of Himachal Pradesh; Virbhadra Singh, CM, Himachal Pradesh; J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare; Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of State for power, coal, new and renewable energy and mines; Sujan Singh Pathania, Minister of MPP and Power, Himachal Pradesh and other eminent dignitaries were present on the occasion.
BHEL is presently executing hydro electric projects of around 3,300 MW in the country which are under various stages of implementation, in addition to major hydro power projects in DR Congo and Bhutan. BHEL’s hydro installations are working in India and across the world at Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Rwanda and Vietnam.
BHEL has a vast experience in hydro electric projects having contracted more than 500 hydro generating sets with a cumulative capacity of more than 29,000 MW of various ratings in India and abroad.