(SeeNews) - Mar 17, 2014 - The filling up of the reservoir at the 800-MM Koldam hydropower plant (HPP) in Himachal Pradesh has started again after an unsuccessful attempt in December 2013 revealed flawed construction work.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) said on Saturday that a visit to the HPP site has confirmed that the impounding process has begun. The previously detected defects in one of the two tunnels have been fixed and now that tunnel, called Lav, is undergoing different tests, the news agency said, citing sources.
Approved investment in the HPP project stands at INR 45.27 billion (USD 740m/EUR 532m).
In January, the PTI cited a company official as saying that Indian state-run power group NTPC Ltd (BOM:532555) would need four or five months to carry out repairs so as to be able to fill up the HPP’s reservoir. This means that the commissioning will have to be delayed till 2015. The start-up was previously planned for 2009, but the project was delayed by environmental and geological issues.
The hydropower station has four 200-MW units. Once up and running, it will supply power to Delhi and the Indian states of Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.
(INR 100 = USD 1.634/EUR 1.176)