The recent heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh and an abnormal rise in the Satluj river’s silt levels — forcing the temporary closure of major hydro projects — has, however, not affected operations at both of JSW Energy’s hydro plants in the state, company officials said.
The Jindal group subsidiary JSW Energy operates the 1,000 MW Karcham Wangtoo hydroelectric project and the 300 MW Baspa-II plant further upstream in Kinnaur district, which the company had acquired from Jaiprakash Power Ventures for Rs 9,700 crore three years ago.
In August, IANS had reported the temporary shutdown of the 1,500 MW Nathpa Jhakri plant and the 412 MW Rampur hydel project after confirming with officials of the state-run Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd.
“Both Karcham Wangtoo and Baspa are snow-fed plants with most of the dam built underground, so we were not affected by the heavy rains,” JSW Chief Operating Officer (Energy Business) Sharad Mahendra told visiting reporters here, with the surrounding peaks laced with the season’s first snowfall that had occurred overnight. Read More