Middle Kolab is a 285MW hydro power project. It is planned on Kolab river/basin in Odisha, India. The project is currently in permitting stage. It will be developed in single phase. The project construction is likely to commence in 2023 and is expected to enter into commercial operation in 2026.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 285 285 Permitting Odisha, India NHPC; Odisha Hydro Power


The project is being developed by NHPC and Odisha Hydro Power. These companies also have ownership stakes in the project.

Middle Kolab is a reservoir based project. The gross head and net head of the project will be 252.7m and 237.5m respectively. The project is expected to generate 1,554 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $405.737m.

Development Status

The project construction is expected to commence from 2023. Subsequent to that it will enter into commercial operation by 2026.

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About NHPC

NHPC Ltd (NHPC), a Government of India Enterprise, is an energy utility that plans, promotes and organizes the development of hydro power plants. The company generates electricity using hydro, wind and solar sources. NHPC’s offerings cover the development of conventional and non-conventional sources in India and abroad. Through long-term power purchase agreements, it sells electricity to electricity utilities owned by state governments/private distribution companies on wholesale basis. The company also carries out planning of wind and tidal wave projects in the country; and has interests in various projects in under construction and under development phases. NHPC is headquartered in Faridabad, Haryana state, India.

About Odisha Hydro Power

Odisha Hydro Power Corporation Ltd (OHPC) is an electric utility that operates hydro electric generating stations. The utility develops renewable energy resources through small hydro projects. Its projects include Hirakud Hydro Electric Project, Burla; Chiplima Hydro Electric Project; Rengali Hydro Electric Project; Balimela Hydro Electric Project, Upper Indravati Hydro Electric Project, Mukhiguda and Kathiguda; and Upper Kolab Hydro Electric Project, Bariniput; among others. In addition, OHPC identified projects for future implementation that includes Middle Kolab Hydro Electric Project, Tel Integrated Project, Lower Vansadhara Project, Balijori Hydro Electric Project, Salki Hydro electric Project, among others. The utility also develops and operates coal mines for supply of fuel to thermal power stations. It operates in Odisha, India. OHPC is headquartered in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, 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.