The SJVN Ltd (formerly Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Limited-) was incorporated in 1988 as a joint venture of the central government and the Himachal Pradesh government to plan, execute, operate and maintain hydro-electric power projects. Its chairman and managing director RP Singh spoke to Hindustan Times on a range of issues. Excerpts:
What are SJVN’s plans of venturing into thermal power?
SJVN is now also venturing into thermal power generation. Government of Bihar has allotted 1320 MW Buxar Thermal Power Project at Chausa to SJVN. An MoU in this regard was signed on January 17, 2013. The 1320 MW Buxar Thermal Project at Chausa in Bihar will generate 9828 million units of electricity at 85% plant load factor. The tentative cost of construction is estimated at Rs. 8219 crore resulting into levelised tariff of R2.80 per unit. The plant will be constructed by using super critical technology. Annual requirement of coal will be 6.25 MT.
SJVN is diversifying into wind power also. What is the status on this front?
After achieving great success in hydro power development, SJVN is now venturing in the field of power generation through wind. Bhoomi Poojan for the company’s upcoming 47.6 MW wind power project was performed at village Khirvire, Ahmednagar in Maharashtra on December 7, 2012. The 47.6 MW project will have 56 turbine units of 850 kW each and spread over an area of 51.3 hectares. The project will have an annual energy generation of 85.65 mega units at a feed in tariff of Rs. 5.67 per kWh. As per the execution schedule, the project will be commissioned during year 2013.
What are SJVN's plans of diversifying into solar power?
A detailed project report (DPR) has been prepared by Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd. For a 5 MW Solar PV plant at Charnka Solar Park, Gujarat. This 5 MW solar power project is expected to generate approximately 8.02 MU per year. The project is to be registered under Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) mode.
How much power potential is SJVN going to add during the current financial year?
SJVN will add 459.6 MW to its generation potential during the current financial year. The projects include 412 MW hydel power and 47.6 MW wind power projects.
The 412 MW Rampur hydro electric project located in Himachal Pradesh is planned as the second stage development of already commissioned 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Electric Project (NJHPS).
The scheme is envisaged as the second stage development of NJHPS and does not involve construction of any dam and de-silting Arrangements. Both these project will operate in tandem.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) clearance for the project was given January 25, 2007 at an estimated cost of Rs. 2047.03 crores with first year tariff as Rs. 2.36 per unit and levelised tariff of Rs. 1.80 per unit. The project is scheduled to be commissioned during the current financial year. The 47.6 MW wind power project in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra will also commence generation during the current financial year.