Public sector NTPC’s 800 MW Koldam Hydro Power Station in Himachal Pradesh has achieved a record generation. The plant, located on the Satluj river in Bilaspur district, has a capacity to generate 3,054 MUs annually.
Group General Manager Sanjeev Kishore stated that It has generated 2,635.76 million units (MUs) against the design energy of 2,506.77 MUs in the first two quarters of this fiscal year.
he further added that The hydropower station, which commenced commercial operations on July 18 last year has established new benchmarks of power generation from July and August this year with a plant load factor of 107 per cent.
It is located upstream of the Bhakra Hydro power station, a storage water plant with a huge reservoir and high dam. The Koldam power station has four generating units, each of 200 MW capacity that are designed to generate 3,054 MUs of energy annually.
The plant supplies electricity to Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Chandigarh.
The Koldam has a storage capacity of 90 million cubic metres. The reservoir is spread over Mandi, Bilaspur, Shimla and Solan districts.
The Koldam power station is the maiden venture of NTPC Ltd, a central PSU mainly engaged in thermal power generation in the country.
In the hydropower sector, NTPC is executing three more hydro projects in Uttarakhand and West Bengal, with a combined generation capacity of 719 MW.
It is also implementing nine solar power projects to generate 360 MW of electricity.