BHEL has commissioned the sixth unit of 6x68.67 MW Hydro Generating Unit at Rampur HEP located on River Satluj, a major tributary of the Indus Basin in Himachal Pradesh - 120 km from Shimla. With the commissioning of the last of the six units of 68 MW hydro generating unit of Rampur Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in Himachal Pradesh, BHEL has commissioned the 412 MW hydro power plant of SJVN Ltd.
BHEL’s scope of work in the project includes supply, erection and commissioning of 6 numbers Francis turbines operating at a head of 119 meters with matching synchronous generators of 200 rpm, static excitation system, main inlet valves, penstock valves, digital governors, state-of-the-art control & monitoring system (SCADA), associated turbine, generator and station auxiliaries, Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) and electrical & mechanical Balance of Plant (BoP).
The project is designed to utilise the water that comes out after generation from Nathpa Jhakri Power Plant and is diverted from Jhakri Tail Race Pond to the intake of Rampur HEP through a tunnel. The power stations at Jhakri and Rampur are designed to be operated in tandem.
The project does not require construction of a dam, reservoir capacity or additional land inundation. The present project is a green field project and the plant will be capable of generating approximately 1,770 GWh in a ninety percent hydrological dependable year when all the units are operating.
The commissioning of Rampur HEP will result in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and will help in achieving a low carbon development path for the state and the nation.