Lower Mettur Hydroelectric Project

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Lower Mettur Hydroelectric Project
Lower Mettur Hydroelectric Project is located in Tamil Nadu
Lower Mettur Hydroelectric Project
Location of Lower Mettur Hydroelectric Project in Tamil Nadu
Official nameLower Mettur Hydroelectric Power Generation Project
Coordinates11°44′50.3″N 77°47′18.8″E / 11.747306°N 77.788556°E / 11.747306; 77.788556Coordinates: 11°44′50.3″N 77°47′18.8″E / 11.747306°N 77.788556°E / 11.747306; 77.788556
PurposePower
StatusOperational
Opening date1988
Owner(s)Government of Tamil Nadu
Dam and spillways
Type of damBarrage
ImpoundsCauvery River
Power Station
Commission date1988
Turbines4 x 30 MW
Installed capacity120 MW

Lower Mettur Hydroelectric Project is a hydropower generation project in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is a 120MW power generation project constructed across the Kaveri River. The project area is in the downstream of Mettur Dam, hence it derives the name. This project consists of four power plants which are located between Mettur in Salem district and Bhavani, Erode. This power generation project is owned by Government of Tamil Nadu and operated by TANGEDCO.[1]

Power Plants[edit]

This project involves a series of power plants each with Barrage type Dam, constructed across the River Kaveri to divert the stream to where the power house is located. It consists of four Barrages each of which receives water current in a serial manner.[2]

  • Power Plant-I : Named as Chekkanur Barrage with Hydroelectric power generation capacity of 30MW. This Barrage has one powerhouse and two turbine units, each of 15MW production capacity.
  • Power Plant-II : Named as Nerinjipettai Barrage with Hydroelectric power generation capacity of 30MW. This Barrage has one powerhouse on the western banks of the river and two turbines, each of 15MW Capacity.
  • Power Plant-III : Named as Kuthiraikkalmedu Barrage with Hydroelectric power generation capacity of 30MW. This Barrage has one powerhouse on the western banks of the river and two turbines, each of 15MW Capacity.
  • Power Plant-IV : Named as Urachikottai Barrage with Hydroelectric power generation capacity of 30MW. This Barrage has one powerhouse on the western banks of the river and two turbines, each of 15MW Capacity.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TNEB Hydro-generation - Erode". TNEB. Retrieved 22 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Lower Mettur Hydroelectric-I,II,III,IV Power plants in India". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 22 December 2016.