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India: Renovation, Modernization and Upration of BBMB Hydro Electric Project in Punjab
(Spanish Carbon Fund)

The project activity involves capacity enhancement of Bhakra-Left Bank Power House (PH), an existing Hydro Electric Project (HEP) operated and managed by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) in India through Renovation, Modernization, and Upration (RM&U). The project would increase the power availability in the Northern Region Grid from cleaner sources, while also contributing to reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to the atmosphere. The overall capacity enhancement of 90 MW would be achieved from the Bhakra-Left Bank Power House (PH).

The BBMB HEPs were constructed between 1955 and 1983, comprising of the Bhakra Dam on the river Sutlej with Power Stations on the Left and Right banks (1325 MW), an irrigation channel with two Canal based Power Stations at Ganguwal & Kotla (155 MW), the Pong Dam on river Beas with a Power Station (396 MW), a diversion dam at Pandoh on river Beas (Up stream of Pong Dam) to divert its water to the river Sutlej through a 38 KM long water conductor system in the form of tunnels, an open channel, a balancing reservoir and the Dehar Power Station (990 MW) at the tail.

The annual energy generation of 10,000 to 14,000 GWh from BBMB (Bhakra Beas Management Board) Power Stations is shared by four states in Northern India. The multipurpose hydel schemes of BBMB have catered to the irrigation and drinking water needs of the states besides controlling floods & generating power. These have brought prosperity in the beneficiary states.

Presently, the administrative control of BBMB is with the Ministry of Power, Government of India.

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