Nathpa Jhakri Dam

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Nathpa Jhakri Dam
Nathpa Jhakri Dam is located in India
Nathpa Jhakri Dam
Location of Nathpa Jhakri Dam in India
LocationHimachal Pradesh
Coordinates31°33′50″N 77°58′49″E / 31.56389°N 77.98028°E / 31.56389; 77.98028Coordinates: 31°33′50″N 77°58′49″E / 31.56389°N 77.98028°E / 31.56389; 77.98028
Construction began1993
Opening date2004
Construction costUS$2 billion8700crores
Owner(s)SJVN Ltd
Dam and spillways
Type of damConcrete gravity
ImpoundsSatluj River
Height67.5 m (221 ft)
Length185 m (607 ft)
Dam volume200,000 m3 (261,590 cu yd)
Spillway capacity5,660 m3/s (199,881 cu ft/s)
Total capacity3,430,000,000 m3 (2,780,746 acre⋅ft)
Active capacity3,030,000,000 m3 (2,456,461 acre⋅ft)
Surface area234.5 m (769 ft)[1]
Jhakra Power House
Coordinates31°29′52.5″N 77°42′33″E / 31.497917°N 77.70917°E / 31.497917; 77.70917
Commission date2004
Hydraulic head428 m (1,404 ft)
Turbines6 × 250 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity1,500 MW

The Nathpa Jhakri Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Sutlej river in Himachal Pradesh, India. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power production and it supplies a 1,500 megawatts (2,000,000 hp) underground power station with water. Before reaching the power station, water is diverted through a 27.4 km (17 mi) headrace tunnel. Construction on the project began in 1993 and it was complete in 2004. The last two of the 250 megawatts (340,000 hp) Francis turbine-generators went online in March 2004. It is owned by SJVN Ltd [2]

Scheduling and generation despatch[edit]

The scheduling and despatch[clarification needed] of the Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power plant is done by Northern Regional Load Despatch Centre which is the apex body to ensure the integrated operation of the power system grid in the Northern region and comes under Power System Operation Corporation Limited (POSOCO).

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  1. ^ "India: National Register of Large Dams 2009" (PDF). Central Water Commission. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Nathpa - Jhakri Hydroelectric Project, Himachal Pradesh, India" (PDF). Geological Survey of India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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