Record summer output at 1500 MW Jhakri station

Shimla: Summer power generation at the country’s largest hydro electric plant, the 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri station peaked in April-May, producing a record 1366 million units (MU) of power that is up by more than 25 percent when compared with last year’s corresponding period.

HK Sharma, CMD of SJVN that operates the Jhakri plant said, “Compared to last year’s generation of 1086 MU in April-May, this year we have had a generation of 1366 MU. Having raised the bar, we had set a target of 1228 MU for the two months and have surpassed that even, he added.

Meeting power needs of the growing demands of the nine northern grid states as the summer temperatures soar, the plant has worked overtime to achieve more than 100% plant availability factor, said company spokesman Vijay Verma.

In 2009-10 the power station had generated 7018 MU of electricity which was the highest ever for the plant.

SJVN, a central public sector power generating company in which the state of Himahcal Pradesh has a 25 % equity holding, was recently listed on the brouses after it off-loaded 10 % equity through an Initial Public Offer.

Other than the 1500 MW Jhakri plant, SJVN is in an advanced stage of executing the 412 MW Rampur project which is scheduled for commissioning in 2013.

Targeting to achieve 4000 MW generation capacity, the company is in various stages of executing 10 other power project within the country as well as in Nepal and Bhutan.

Recently SJVN entered forayed into power transmission also and would be setting up the 400 KV/DC transmission line for its 900 MW Arun III project in Nepal.

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