Saturday, February 09, 2008


Today at NHPC, it was one of those days when history is made. After more than seven years of meticulous planning, hard labor, tackling challenges and rigorous workmanship, the 510 MW (3 x 170) Teesta Stage-V, hydroelectric project’s first unit (170MW) was successfully synchronized with the Eastern Grid after completing all codal formalities. The turbine of one of the three units started spinning amidst the cheers & applause of the officials and workmen present inside the underground power house. In consultation with the Eastern Region Load Dispatch Center and based upon the performance monitoring requirements of the machine, 25 to 30 MW of hydroelectric power is likely to be produced today for some time. After strict compliance of the balance tests like load rejection, fine tuning of automatic voltage regulator and governor, protection system, efficiency tests, etc. involved for the satisfactory performance of the machines for about a week’s time, the unit will be finally ready for commercial production & transmission of power to the eastern grid by 15 February 2008. To witness this momentous occasion, the NHPC high command was represented by Shri S K Dodeja, Director (Projects) who performed the pooja and congratulated all the officials, the staff members and their family members for contributing towards successful synchronization of the first unit. He emphasized that, “the project is being keenly observed not only by various ministries in India but also by the public & private sector, the national & international business & nongovernmental organizations.”
The successful commissioning of Teesta Stage-V, HE project is coming at a time when the power cuts and power shortages have almost become a norm in all parts of India. This will provide some relief to the people of all beneficiary states in the eastern part of India. NHPC has employed world class technology and the state-of-the-art equipments during the construction of civil, mechanical, hydromechanical and electrical components of this very prestigious mega project. The project’s commissioning will reinforces its unmatched capabilities in executing mega projects in challenging terrains across all remote parts of the nation. Shri V K Sharma, Executive Director (Sikkim) while congratulating all the Chief Engineers, Senior officials and workmen on the successful synchronization of first unit also stressed on keeping the momentum on till the project is fully commissioned by 31st March, 2008.