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CWC Clears OHPC Project

Bhubaneswar: With Upper Indravati Pump Storage Project of Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) receiving clearance from Central Water Commission (CWC), Chairman of the Gold rated State PSU, Bishnupada Sethi has expressed happiness over the achievement.

Ace Mandarin, Mr.Sethi, who is sincerely scaling up the efficiency and operational capability of OHPC since he joined as CMD of the Premier PSU of the State Government has lauded the efforts of the Team OHPC due to this achievement.

OHPC  has been engaged in investigation, planning, coordination & erection of three large scale Pump Storage Project (PSP), namely, 600 MW Upper Indravati PSP in the district of Kalahandi, 500 MW Balimela PSP in Malkangiri district & 300 MW Upper Kolab PSP in Koraput district.

The 600 MW Upper Indravati Pump Storage Project achieved a major milestone by obtaining Inter-State clearance from Central Water Commission (CWC) under Ministry of Jal Shakti, Government of India on 13 September 2022.

The proposal for Upper Indravati Pump Storage Project will now be submitted before Central Electricity Authority (CEA) seeking Techno-Economic Clearance (TEC) after which Detailed Project Report will be finalized and further progress on execution of the project will be diligently made.

This Pump Storage Project located in the remote part of Kalahandi District has a total installed capacity of 600 MW. It has four specially designed turbine generating set of 150 MW each. This project will provide 1040 million units of electricity per annum to Odisha grid. 

The best part of this project is that hardly any displacement is involved. This project will create opportunities for local employment generation & provide much needed impetus to the local economy. Clearance of the project by Central Water Commission will expedite the project implementation process.

It is to mention that Odisha intends to fulfill the target set in the meeting of UN Climate Change Conference COP26 held in Glasgow to reduce CO2 emission & carbon foot print by switching over to green energy within a time bound manner by 2047.

OHPC is committed to contribute towards achieving the goal set in COP26 for a clean, green and sustainable energy eco system, said a senior officer of the PSU.