Artist’s impression
of the Kashang hydro
-electric project in India
Shimla, India — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 04 April 2011 – India’s Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPC) has awarded nearly US$190 million in contracts to support the development of hydropower assets under the Himachal Pradesh Clean Energy Development Investment Programme.

India is setting up four run-of-river hydro-power projects totaling 856MW in Himachal Pradesh, with funding of around US$800 million from the Asian Development Bank.

Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation awarded two contracts, of US$31.46 million and US$3.71 million, to Andritz Hydro Private Limited, India for electro-mechanical equipment (three 65-MW turbine-generators) for the 195MW Kashang hydro project stages 1to 3. The Kashang hydro-electric project is located on the Kashang River in Kinnaur District of India’s Himachal Pradesh State.

HPPC awarded a US$56.39 million contract to Patel Engineering Limited to build Stage 2 and 3 of the Kashang Link Tunnel.

In addition, it awarded a US $96.3 million contract to Hindustan Construction Company Limited for civil works construction of the 100MW Sainj hydro-electric project on India’s Sainj River.