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North East’s largest, 600 MW Hydro Power Plant of NEEPCO synchronizes its last unit.

North East's largest 600 MW Hydro Power Plant of NEEPCO synchronizes its last unit.

Eastern Times , Guwahati : NEEPCO has successfully synchronized the fourth generating unit of 150 MW (unit-4) of its giant 600 MW Kameng Hydro Power Plant with the grid on 19th Jan 2021. Units-1, 2 and 3 of 150 MW each have already been commissioned earlier in June, July 2020 and Jan 2021 respectively.

The power plant is the largest hydro power plant commissioned in the North East so far.

This mega plant will completely change the power scenario of the North East and will also supply reliable and flexible Hydro power for crucial balancing of Solar and Wind Power in the Grid. Apart from many North Eastern states, Haryana, UP and Nepal are other power purchasers from the plant.

The plant has been constructed in the most challenging geographical part of West Kameng District of Arunachal Pradesh having extremely poor geology of young fragile Himalayas.

It has two large dams, the farthest being around 78 km from the power house, 14.5 km long Head Race Tunnel, 3.75 km long pressure tunnel and penstock and four generating units of 150 MW each.

The plant has one of the most challenging construction features in the world. It feeds power through a 400 KV double circuit transmission line to the national grid.

The plant is designed to generate 3353 million units of clean electrical energy annually. The construction of the plant posed many unprecedented challenges in the past.

However, it picked up huge momentum under the dynamic leadership of Shri V. K. Singh, the present CMD of NEEPCO when he was appointed as Technical Director of NEEPCO in 2016 with his 31 years background of hands on experience in more than a dozen hydro power plants from NHPC.

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