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Work begins on Chamera II

India’s National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) initiated civil works on the 300MW stage II of the Chamera hydroelectric project during October. Located on river Ravi, the project comprises construction of a 39m high gravity dam, a 7.86km long and 7m diameter headrace tunnel, a 93m high surge shaft and a 3.6km long tailrace tunnel. The 300MW (3×100) underground power house will be located on the right bank of the Ravi.

Chamera II first received federal techno-economic approval in 1986, but it was delayed because NHPC and the federal government were examining the various possibilities of external funding, particularly from Canada. Ultimately NHPC tied up a Canadian loan from EDC of Canada in July 1998 to cover the foreign debt component of the US$390M project.

The 540MW stage I of Chamera project comprises three 180MW units.