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Unit-I of Rongnichu Hydro Project in Sikkim begins commercial operations

The Unit-I of 113 MW Rongnichu Hydro Project in Sikkim has begun commercial operations, Sarda Energy and Minerals Ltd informed the bourses

Unit-I of Rongnichu Hydro Project in Sikkim begins commercial operations
Unit-I of Rongnichu Hydro Project in Sikkim begins commercial operations
  • The Unit-I of the Rongnichu Hydro Project received a clearance from the CERC after successfully completing the trial run operation
  • It has a capacity of 56.5 MW

New Delhi: The Unit-I of 113 MW Rongnichu Hydro Project in Sikkim has begun commercial operations, Sarda Energy and Minerals Ltd informed the bourses in a regulatory filing on Saturday. The Unit-I of the hydro project, which has a capacity of 56.5 MW, received a clearance from the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) after successfully completing the trial run operation. It has been installed by Madhya Bharat Power Corporation Limited (MBPCL), a subsidiary of Sarda Energy and Minerals Ltd.

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“We are pleased to inform that the unit No. one of 56.5 MW of 113 MW Rongnichu Hydro Electric Plant installed by Madhya Bharat Power Corporation Limited, a subsidiary of the Company, has been granted clearance under Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (Indian Electricity Grid Code) Regulations, 2016 for supply of power post successful completion of trial run operation after demonstrating continuous operation at full load for 12 hours and testing for 10 percent overload (62.15 MW) on 25th June 2021. Test run of Unit 2 is progressing satisfactorily,” said the filing.

The backdrop

Madhya Bharat Power Corporation Limited (MBPCL) is implementing the 113 MW Rongnichu Hydro Power Project in East Sikkim on Rongnichu river near Gangtok. The project is close to State Highway NH31A. Power Finance Corporation Ltd. is the lead financial institution of the company. The project area extends from the barrage site at Namli, 9th Mile on NH-31A to the Power house site at Kumrek near Rangpo in East Sikkim. The power generated shall be evacuated by a 7.5-Km-long 220KV D/C line from Kumrek generating substation to PGCIL’s Rangpo pooling substation at Samardung.

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