SJVN to construct mega Solar – Wind energy plant in Gujarat

Shimla: Public sector power company SJVN has signed an agreement with Hindustan Salt Ltd to conceptualize, structure, implement, operate and maintain the ultra mega hybrid renewable – Solar and Wind energy plant that is to be set up at the Salt Pan land at Kharaghoda in Gujarat.

A memorandum of understanding was signed by CMD, SJVN RP Singh and CMD, HSL AK Jain at SJVN’s Coordination Office, Delhi today, company spokesman Vijay Verma disclosed to the media here a little while ago.

RP Singh & AK Jain after inking agreement
RP Singh & AK Jain after inking agreement

This proposed park is to be developed on the surplus salt pan land of Hindustan Salt Limited which has the generation capacity of  4000 MW  to 5000 MW (Solar Power between 3500 – 4200 MW and Wind Power between 600 – 800 MW)  when fully commissioned, said Verma.

At the initial stage, SJVN will develop all the infrastructure facilities like roads, drainage system, power supply, water supply system, evacuation arrangement from the plot to evacuation sub-station.

RP Singh informed that SJVN is already in process of setting of up of a 5 MW Solar PV project at the Charnka Solar Park in Gujarat. The project shall be established in an area of 100,033 square meters allotted by  M/s. Gujarat Power Development Corporation Limited  for this project.

On commissioning the project will generate 8.10 million units of clean and green solar energy, said Singh.

To support the National Solar Mission, SJVN Limited has also signed a memordandum of understanding to develop and operate 4000 MW Ultra Mega Solar Project in Sambhar area of Rajasthan. SJVN happens to be one of the six joint venture partners having 16% equity participation in the proposed mega project.  SJVN will carry out designing of layout, civil structure, project management consultancy, monitoring and owner’s engineering supervision of erection and commission for this project.

Nand Lal Sharma, Director Personnel SJVN said that the company has already entered the field of Wind Energy with the development of 47.6 MW Khirvire Wind Power Project in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.

The project is fully commissioned and generating Wind Energy from all of its 56 Wind Energy Turbines of the capacity of 850 KW, he said.

SJVN is currently two hydropower plants the recently commissioned 412 MW Rampur Hydro Power Station and the 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station, which happens to be the largest hydropower plant in the country, Both plants work in tandem and are located on Satluj River in Himachal Pradesh.

Presently, SJVN has the installed capacity around 2000 MW from all the three operative projects.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

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