Punjab State Power Corporation Limited

Public Relations Officer

Press Note, September 9,2018

Persevering efforts by Chief Minister Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh to bring Water Resources Ministry of Union Govt and State Govt of Jammu & Kashmir on board, has borne fruit leading to the signing of a historic agreement to restart the work on the Shahpur Kandi Project , said Sh. Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Power and New & Renewable Energy Sources Minister, Punjab. In a statement here, Sh.Gurpreet Singh Kangar conveyed congratulations to all Punjabis on this momentous achievement that would herald a new era of prosperity.

In an agreement signed by Chief Secretaries of States of Punjab and J&K and Indian Commissioner of Indus Waters GOI in the presence of Hon’ble Governor of J&K Sh Satya Pal Malik and Hon’ble Minister for Water Resources S. Gurbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria , it has been decided to complete the project within three years.

S.Gurpreet Singh Kangar expressed gratitude on behalf of people of Punjab to Punjab Chief Minister for pursuing the matter aggressively with the central government over the past several months and seeking personal intervention of Sh Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation for early Resolution of all issues relating to this project.

Power Minister said that the Shahpur Kandi Dam, an inter-state project, was approved by the Government of India as a ‘National Project’ in February 2008 at a cost of Rs. 2285.81 crore, including the irrigation component of Rs. 653.97 crore. Though work on the project started in 2013, it was halted in 2014 due to certain observations raised by the J&K government. In the meantime, cost estimate has been revised to Rs. 2793.54 crore and GOP has requested the Government of India for inclusion of the project in the prioritized list of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana (PMKSY)/ Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Projects(AIBP projects).

He further said that the Shahpur Kandi Power Plant project is as vital as Bhakra Dam Project and Ranjit Sagar Dam Project are to the state , it will provide balancing reservoir to enable the up-stream Ranjit Sagar Dam Project power station to act as a peaking station, besides having its own generation capacity of 206 MW and irrigation benefit of 37,173-hectare Cultivable Command Area to Punjab and J&K states. It will enable the country to fully utilize the Ravi water as per the Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan.

At present, though installed capacity of Ranjit Sagar Dam is 600 MW (4X150 MW), but at maximum only 300 MW is generated as canal system of UBDC project cannot handle more flow and water goes waste to Pakistan if more than 300 MW is run. With construction of Shahpur Kandi Dam (SPKD), a gross storage capacity of 12071 Hectare Meter would be provided, so it would be possible to run all the four machines of RSD unit at 600 MW for about 8 hours without letting any water downstream of SPKD. This feature is going to be utilized to run all four RSD machines during Peak hours for same outflow as one machine running round the clock with the added advantage that flow downstream of SPKD would be regulated to utilize all water for Indian fields and doubling of generation of UBDC power projects as water released would be commensurate with the capacity of UBDC canal system.UBDC Power project with installed capacity of 91.35 MW having generated average of 348 Million Units (MU) in last three years would be able to generate 696 MUs every year without any additional cost.

Sh. Kangar also added that with the commissioning of SKPP, 834 MUs from Shahpur Kandi Power Plant and 348 MUs additional generation from UBDC i. e. total 1182 MUs of additional green power would be added to state of Punjab. Moreover, additional RSD generation during peak hours to the tune of 350 MUs of green power would be available to shore up the finances of PSPCL as peak load power is the costliest power and is very easy to sell. Shahpur Kandi Power Project would thus mitigate the environmental pollution by adding green power from renewable source.

Moreover, with SKPP additional operational benefit would accrue to PSPCL grid in emergent/scarce condition caused by sudden outage of high capacity thermal units as in such a scenario all 4 RSD machines totaling 600 MW could quickly be started till restoration of tripped unit to avoid power cuts and to ensure grid stability.

CMD,PSPCL, Er Baldev Singh Sran also expressed gratitude to Hon’ble Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh for statesman like visionary guidance to make this historic agreement possible. Er Sran also congratulated Hon’ble Minister for Water Resources S Sukhbinder Singh Sukh Sarkaria and team for their accomplishment. Er. Sran also thanked Hon’ble Minister for Power and New & Renewable Energy Sources, Punjab, Sardar Gurpreet Singh Kangar for his guidance & support in getting the long stalled issue resolved.
In addition to preventing Ravi water going waste to Pakistan, following Direct benefits worth Rs. 850 crore annually would be possible:

1 Hydro Power Generation of 831.65 MU at Shahpur Kandi Dam Project Rs. 415.00 Cr.
2 Peaking Benefit to RSD due to Construction of Shahpur Kandi Dam Project Rs. 59.00 Cr
3 Additional power generation of 350 MUs per annum at UBDC power houses RS. 144.00 Cr
4 Irrigation Benefit of 5000 ha of SPK Dam Rs. 6.43 Cr
5 Irrigation Benefit of UBDC system Rs. 228.30 Cr
TOTAL Rs. 852.73 Cr

Issued by Deputy Secretary /Public Relations
Press Note No 30 Date Sept.9,2018

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