The commercial operation of NTPC’s 2nd Unit (150 MW) of the Kameng Hydroelectric Project (600MW) in Arunachal Pradesh has begun.

The commercial operation of the hydroelectric power project has been started after the successful completion of the trial run.

Informing this on his Twitter handle on Thursday, Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister in charge of power, Chowna Mein tweeted: “As the Minister in charge of Power, I’m happy to share the commissioning/commercial operation of 2nd Unit (150MW) of Kameng HE Project (600MW) by NTPC/NEEPCO from today, after the successful completed trial run operation.”

“I dedicate it to the people of Arunachal Pradesh & the nation,” he added.

The North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO), a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC, declared the commercial operation of the project (4x 150 MW) in Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday.

With this, the commercial capacity of the NTPC Group has increased to 62,086 MW.

The Kameng HE Project (600 MW) is situated in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.

It is a run-of-the river scheme which will utilize the flows from Bichom and Tenga Rivers (both tributaries of river Kameng) over a gross head of 536 m available in downstream of the confluence of the River Bichom with Kameng.

The project comprises two dams (Bichom & Tenga) and water is transported through a Head Race Tunnel (HRT) & HPT / Penstock into the Kimi Power House for driving 4 Vertical Frances Turbines, 150 MW each.

“The design energy of the project is 3353 MU in 90% dependable year with 95% machine availability,” NEEPCO says on its website.

CCEA clearance of the project was obtained in December 2004 at Rs 2,496.90 crore.

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