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
Location Himachal Pradesh
Coordinates 31°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 began 1993
Opening date 2004
Construction cost US$2 billion
Owner(s) SJVN Ltd
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Concrete gravity
Impounds Satluj River
Height 67.5 m (221 ft)
Length 185 m (607 ft)
Dam volume 200,000 m3 (261,590 cu yd)
Spillway capacity 5,660 m3/s (199,881 cu ft/s)
Total capacity 3,430,000,000 m3 (2,780,746 acre·ft)
Active capacity 3,030,000,000 m3 (2,456,461 acre·ft)
Surface area 234.5 m (769 ft)[1]
Power station
Name Jhakra Power House
Coordinates 31°29′52.5″N 77°42′33″E / 31.497917°N 77.70917°E / 31.497917; 77.70917
Commission date 2004
Hydraulic head 428 m (1,404 ft)
Turbines 6 × 250 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 1,500 MW

The Nathpa Jhakri Dam is a concrete gravity dam on the Satluj 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. Retrieved 7 August 2011.