By OUR STAFF REPORTER
RISHIKESH, 21 Oct: THDC India Limited achieved a major milestone on 16 October with commencement of erection work on Electro-Mechanical equipment in the 1st Unit of the 4×250 MW Tehri Pumped Storage Plant at Tehri. Tehri Pumped Storage Plant (PSP) of 1000 MW capacity will start electricity generation by December, 2021. All four units of the project will be commissioned by June, 2022. CMD, THDCIL, DV Singh inaugurated the erection work on first generating unit of Tehri PSP in the presence of engineers from THDC, HCC and GE. GE Power, France, is the leader of the GE- HCC Consortium that is main contractor for this prestigious upcoming plant. Most civil works of the project have already been successfully completed by HCC, with construction of large underground caverns in highly adverse geological conditions. Tehri Pumped Storage Plant is the integral part of 2400 MW Tehri Power complex. Tehri HPP 1000 MW and Koteshwar HEP 400 MW are already under operation. Four variable speed reversible turbines 250 MW each will be installed for the first time in India in Tehri PSP. These turbines are more efficient in comparison to the fixed speed normal turbines. Tehri Power complex is already working as a peaking power station. After its commissioning, the 1000 MW Tehri Pumped Storage Plant will be a game changer in stabilising the national grid. Government of India is planning to add 175 GW from renewable resources by year 2022. Tehri PSP is first project of its kind in the central sector. A day earlier, RK Vishnoi, Director (Technical), chaired a meeting with VK Badoni, ED (Tehri Complex), Muhar Mani, ED (Rishikesh), PK Aggarwal, GM (Koteshwar), KP Singh, GM (PSP), UK Thakur, GM (Stage-I), Sajeev R, GM (Operation), Atul Jain, GM (Design), Gajendra Singh, GM (G&G), SS Panwar, GM (PSP-EM/HM), Veer Singh, AGM (P&A), and other engineers and workmen from Tehri and Koteshwar Units. From the Consortium side, Ajay Shukla, Consortium Project Director, Sanjeev Upadhyay, Project Director (HCC), RK Khali, Project Manager (HCC), Sandeep Sharma – Project Manager (GE), other Engineers and workers of GE and HCC were also present.