Built by HCC in a joint venture with Halcrow Group of U.K., the ₹5,750 crore and 330 MW Kishanganga Hydro Electric Power project has achieved many firsts in the history of Indian infrastructure construction
Inaugurated by the Prime Minister of India, the Kishanganga Hydro Electric Power project is the first mega hydro power plant to be awarded as EPC to HCC by NHPC. Located at Bandipore in north Kashmir, the project envisages diversion of water of the Kishanganga River to the underground power house through a 23.25 km long head race tunnel (located 1.5km deep in the mountain) to generate 1,713 million units of power per annum. Apart from the many states which would be the project’s energy beneficiaries, 12% of the power generated will be provided to the Jammu & Kashmir.
KHEP is a $864-million dam, which is part of a run-of-the-river hydroelectric scheme that is designed to divert water from the Kishanganga River to a power plant in the Jhelum River basin. The project includes a 37m (121-ft) tall concrete-face rock-fill dam to divert a portion of the Kishanganga River south through a 24 km (15 mi) tunnel. The tunnel is received by a surge chamber before sending water to the underground power house, which contains 3 x 110 MW Pelton turbine-generators. After the power plant, water is discharged through a tail race channel into the Wular Lake. The drop in the elevation from the dam to the power station will afford a hydraulic head of 697 m (2,287 ft).