India's I A Energy commissions 36-MW Chanju 1 hydroelectric plant

Chanju 1 Hydropower Plant

India's 36-MW Chanju 1 hydroelectric plant was commissioned this week, according to a statement from power and water consulting firm Entura.

The run-of-river project is located in the northern Himachal Pradesh state and was developed by I A Energy, which won the rights to the project on a build-own-operate-transfer basis following a state auction in 2006.

I A Energy then contracted Hydro Tasmania-subsidiary Entura in 2007. Entura not only performed pre-feasibility work for the plant, but also provided design work, guidance through the approval process and construction phase.

"Chanju 1 is a very special project as we have been involved with it since its inception, and today we are delighted to be celebrating its completion," said Entura India's managing director Ajay Sharma. "We are very proud of having supported the successful entry of a private sector player in India's hydropower market, which will certainly inspire others that might be considering renewable energy but don't have the expertise."

Entura said the project included the construction of a 16-meter high barrage, a 4.1-kilometer long headrace tunnel, a surface powerhouse, and two underground desilting chambers, pressure tunnels and shafts.

"This is a very important moment for us at I A Energy as Chanju 1 was our first step toward diversifying into the renewable energy sector," managing director Narendra Goel said.

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