The devastating natural disaster that hit Uttarakhand, has claimed yet another victim. Hydel power generation has now come to a standstill with many generating companies stalling their operations on account of high silt content in water. State-owned NHPC (National Hydroelectric Power Corporation) informed the stock exchanges on Monday that due to the unprecedented floods in Uttarakhand, water had entered into the Dhauliganga Power Station (280 MW) and submerged all the systems on June 17. Power generation from the plant has stopped, and efforts were being made to restore it . The extent of damage was being worked out, the company said in a statement.
Similarly, Jaiprakash Power Ventures said that the company’s 400-MW Vishnuprayag hydro-power plant had witnessed floods of very high intensity with excessive silt, resulting in disturbances to river protection works and leading to a shutdown of the barrage operations and power generation with effect from June 16. Assessment of damages would be made on restoration of commutation and connectivity to the barrage site. The commercial aspects of the fallout of the floods would be addressed in accordance with power purchase agreement between Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) and the company.
Both the companies have stated that the projects were covered under an all-risk insurance policy.
The floods also had impact on the GVK Group’s upcoming 330-MW Srinagar hydel project at Pauri district. “During recent floods in Uttarakhand, water entered the power house at Srinagar hydroelectric power project. ,” GVK said in a statement.
“Based on the information available currently, there may be an impact of 2-3 months on the project. We are, however, confident of making up to minimise the impact on the project ,” GVK added.