Hydropower Generation Performance in Chenab River Basin

The Chenab River Basin is the major part of IndusRiver Basin. This river is formed by the Chandra and Bhaga, which rises in Lahul. It flows through Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir and is known as Chandra-Bhaga or Chenab. It then Traverses 330 km to Akhnur where it enters Pakistan. It flows 644 km more to Panjnad, joins the Sutlej after receiving the eaters from Jhelum at Trimmu and the Ravi lower down, its catchment area up to the Indo-akistan border is 26,155 sq km.

 The project wise generation data of large hydro with installed capacity of the basin in the latest year 2012-13.

Chenab

  • The above graph shows the trend line of power generation of Big Hydropower projects for last 25 years in the basin. the trend-line shows diminishing generation from existing hydro power projects of Chenab River Basin.
  • It shows that the per MW generation in 2012-13 (5.33) has dropped by a huge 23.09% from the highest per MW generation (6.93) achieved in the year 1990-91.
  • All generation figures have been taken from official data of Central Electricity Authority (CEA).
SN Projects

State

Inst Capacity  (MW)

Generation (MU)

MU/MW

1 Baglihar

Jammu & Kashmir

450

2839

6.31

2 Dulhasti

Jammu & Kashmir

390

2043

5.24

3 Salal

Jammu & Kashmir

690

3277

4.75

  Total

 

1530

8159

5.33

 List of other projects (up to 25 MW) under operation (for which latest generation figures not available):

SN Project

Ins Cap (MW)

State

1 Chenani-I

23.30

Jammu & Kashmir

2 Chennai-II

2

Jammu & Kashmir

3 Chenani-III

7.5

Jammu & Kashmir

4 Bhaderwah

1

Jammu & Kashmir

  Total

33.8

List of proposed and under construction projects in the basin:

  Project

Ins Cap (MW)

State

Status

  Bhaderwah Unit-III

0.5

Jammu & Kashmir Under Construction
  Pakul Dul

1000

Jammu & Kashmir Under Construction
  Baglihar-II

450

Jammu & Kashmir Under Construction
  Bardang

126

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Chattru

108

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Miyar

90

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Tinget

81

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Teling

69

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Tandi

104

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Rashil

102

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Gondhala

144

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Khoksar

90

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Patam

60

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Seli

454

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Dugar

236

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Gyspa

170

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Sach-Khas

149

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Reoli/Dugli

268

Himachal Pradesh Proposed
  Ratle

850

Jammu & Kashmir Proposed
  Bursar

1020

Jammu & Kashmir Proposed
  Kwar

520

Jammu & Kashmir Proposed
  Sawalkote I&II

1200

Jammu & Kashmir Proposed
  Lower Kalnai

50

Jammu & Kashmir Proposed
  Kirthai-I

240

Jammu & Kashmir Proposed
  Kiru

600

Jammu & Kashmir Proposed
  Ranjala Dunadi

15

Jammu & Kashmir IPP Projects
  Hanswar Paddar

6

Jammu & Kashmir IPP Projects
  Gulabgarh

6.5

Jammu & Kashmir IPP Projects
  Chenani IV

7

Jammu & Kashmir IPP Projects
  Chingus-I

3

Jammu & Kashmir IPP Projects
  Chingus-II

3

Jammu & Kashmir IPP Projects
  Upper Ans

3

Jammu & Kashmir IPP Projects
  Total

8225

EAC: Expert Appraisal Committee of MoEF; FAC: Forest Advisory Committee of MoEF

Source: http://www.hpseb.com/hydro_potential.htm; http://envfor.nic.in

http://jkspdc.nic.in/exist.htm

Map of Hydroelectric Projects in Chenab River Basin available at:

http://sandrp.in/basin_maps/Hydro_%20Electric_Projects_in_Chenab_River_Basin.pdf

South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers & People (www.sandrp.in)                                           June 2013

ht.sandrp@gmail.com

2 Comments on “Hydropower Generation Performance in Chenab River Basin

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