NHPC explores hydro and solar power projects in India’s Leh-Ladakh regioin

With a view to leverage development of Hydro and Solar Power Projects in Union Territory of Ladakh, a meeting was recently held to discuss NHPC Limited’s proposals and way forward on implementation of various identified hydro and solar power projects in the Leh-Ladakh region of India.

Shri A.K. Singh, CMD, NHPC met with Shri R.K. Mathur, the Hon’ble Lt. Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh on May 29. During the discussion, Singh and Mathur discussed NHPC’s achievement in harnessing the hydropower potential of the Ladakh region by commissioning the 45-MW Nimoo Bazgo (or Nimmo Bazgo) project in Leh and the 44-MW Chutak Hydro Power Project in Kargil. Both of these projects were dedicated in 2014.

He also presented a future plan for NHPC to develop three hydroelectric projects in Ladakh: 80-MW Khalsi, 45-MW Kanyunche and 30-MW Takmaching. He also presented a plan to develop a 50-MW solar power project at Phyang. While explaining the techno-commercial viability of these projects, Singh proposed that taking advantage of the high solar irradiance of the region, the blending of hydro power with solar power may also be explored.

During the meeting, Mathur assured all possible support would be provided by the UT of Ladakh in order to facilitate expeditious development of these power projects by NHPC.

NHPC is the largest organization for hydropower development in India, according to its website, with capabilities to undertake all activities from conceptualization to commissioning. The company has an installed base of 7,071.2 MW from 24 power stations. NHPC is a Mini-Ratna company under the Ministry of Power.