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November 26, 2021

Karcham Wangtoo, India

By Carmen

Karcham Wangtoo is a 1,000MW hydro power project. It is located on Sutlej river/basin in Himachal Pradesh, India. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2005 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2011.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 1,000 1,000 Active Himachal Pradesh, India Jaiprakash Power Ventures


The project was developed by Jaiprakash Power Ventures and is currently owned by JSW Hydro Energy with a stake of 100%.

Karcham Wangtoo is a run-of-river project. The gross head and net head of the project are 298.73m and 275.93m respectively. The total number of penstocks, pipes or long channels that carry water down from the hydroelectric reservoir to the turbines inside the actual power station, are 4 in number. The penstock length is 290.5m. The penstock diameter is 4.75m. The project generated 4,463.88 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $1,545m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2005 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2011.

Power Purchase Agreement

Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam are the power offtakers from the project.

Contractors Involved

Andritz Hydro was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 4 units of francis turbines, each with 255MW nameplate capacity.

Voith Hydro Holding supplied 4 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 340 MVA.

About Jaiprakash Power Ventures

Jaiprakash Power Ventures Ltd (Jaiprakash Power) is a power utility. It plans, develops, implements and operates electric projects. The company produces electricity using hydro and coal sources. Jaiprakash Power also has development interests in the Hirong hydroelectric project and the Lower Siang project in Arunachal Pradesh and Kynshi and Umngot plants in Meghalaya. Through Jaypee Powergrid Limited, it also transmits power to distribution and consumption utilities in Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan. The company also carries out cement grinding and coal mining operations. Jaiprakash Power is headquartered in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.


All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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