Velcan Energy has received clearance to begin work on the 186-MW Tato-1 hydropower project on the Yarjep River in India.
Tato-1 in Arunachal Pradesh is the second largest and furthest downstream in a cascade of three projects totaling 571 MW on the Yarjep River that Velcan has been developing since 2007.
The Techno-Economic Clearance issued by the Indian Central Electricity Authority validates and sets the technical characteristics, the cost estimates and the tariff of the hydropower plant, according to a Velcan press release. The clearance allows Velcan to begin negotiations for a power purchase agreement and seek financing.
“This approval is an important milestone for Velcan in India. It endorses eight years of studies and field investigations involving up to 100 workers on site and involving more than 30 engineers in the thorough technical and economic analysis of the project," says Velcan’s co-chief executive officers.
Tato-1 is expected to produce 802 million kWh of electricity annually. Its budget is US$230 million for a construction period of 50 months after financial close. The concession period is set at 40 years after commissioning.
The intake for the Tato-1 project will be connected to the tail basin of the 240-MW Heo project and will receive most of its inflows from the Heo powerhouse.
Velcan develops and operates hydropower concessions in emerging markets with capacity up to 200 MW. The company owns a 15-MW project in Brazil; owns rights related to hydro concessions projects amounting to 803 MW in India, Brazil and Indonesia; is developing a 59-MW project in Indonesia; and has begun construction of the 7-MW Suka Rame project in Indonesia.