Consecutively for the 3rd year in a row SJVN’s flagship 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station has been selected for ‘Silver Shield’ for the year 2012-13, and ‘Bronze Shield’ for the year 2011-12, while for its meritorious performance in the year 2010-11 it had been awarded ‘Gold Shield’ by the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India. The prestigious awards will be presented by Minister of State for Power Jyotiraditya Scindia, at a function at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 4th February, 2014.

The Ministry of Power had instituted this Comprehensive Award Scheme for recognizing meritorious performance in Power Sector in the year 2004-05. The Nathpa Jhakri Hydro Power Station (6 x 250 MW) of SJVN Limited has been selected for the ‘Silver Shield’ for the year 2012-13 and the ‘Bronze Shield’ for the year 2011-12 by the Central Electricity Authority in the category of “Performance of Hydro Power Stations”.

The Power Station, in operation since 2003-04, had established a new record of power generation at 7610 MU during the year 2011-12 while during the year 2012-13 it had generated 6777 MU. During the year 2011-12, the power station had exceeded its design energy of 6612 MU by 1000 MU and established an all time high record of generation while during the year 2012-13 too it had exceeded the design energy despite all odds of extremely low flow in river Satluj. The power station had also crossed the 50,000 MU generation mark in October, 2011 with a Plant Availability Factor of 104.26% in 2011-12 and crossed 60,000 MU in June 2013 with a PAF of 105.9% in the year 2012-13.

R.P. Singh, CMD congratulated all the SJVN employees and NJHPS in particular for this remarkable achievement. He further exhorted all concerned to deliver their best to make SJVN a vibrant organization.

R.P. Singh, CMD, informed that successive records of power generation were being achieved by the Power Station as a result of optimum machine and water management. The generation by the power station during 2011-12 had registered about 50% increase (from 5104 MU to 7610 MU) since commencement of full operations in the year 2004-05.

The power station is since supplying power to the nine northern grid states including Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh & Delhi.

Singh also informed that the Company’s 412 MW Rampur H.E. Project in Himachal Pradesh was nearing completion and likely to be commissioned during the current financial year.

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