GUWAHATI, Oct 7 - The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) of the Union Ministry of Power has accorded concurrence to the detailed project report (DPR) of the 120-MW Lower Kopili Hydroelectric (HE) Project at an estimated cost of Rs 1,115.91 crore prepared by the Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGCL).
According to an APGCL press release here on Tuesday, the Lower Kopili HE Project is a downstream development of the existing Kopili HE Project. The project is planned to be developed as a storage one and it is located within the territories of both the Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts of the State.
It is planned to be run at full potential in monsoon season and to operate as a peaking station in the lean season. The project will have a 70.13 metre high gravity dam across the river Kopili at Longku.
It will have a water conductor system comprising an intake structure, head race tunnel, along with surge shaft, penstock and a surface powerhouse with installed capacity of 110-MW. For the project, an auxiliary powerhouse of an installed capacity of 10-MW has also been planned at the toe of the dam for utilising the mandatory release of ecological purpose, said the press release.
The APGCL initially submitted the DPR to the CEA in April 2010 and it was recast and re-submitted to the CEA in March, 2013.
The APGCL said in its press release that the Assam Infrastructure Financing Authority (AIFA) of the State Government has already agreed to bear the equity amounting to Rs 450 crore for execution of the project, subject to environment clearance and fulfilment of the other required terms and conditions.
Moreover, an amount of US $ 200 million has been earmarked for this project, under tranche 3 of an aggregate amount of US $ 300 million multi-tranche financing facility (MFF), approved by the Asian Development Bank�s Board of Directors on July 3, 2014. This MFF was approved, as per the May 13, 2014 agreement signed between the ADB and the Government of India, said the APGCL.