20 MW Samal Grid-connected Hydroelectric Project in Orissa, India
The project’s capacity of 20 MW (5 x 4 MW horizontal ‘S’ type Kaplan turbines) relies on the water discharged from the Samal Barrage.
The Samal Barrage is an existing barrage used for irrigation purposes which had already been constructed prior to the project.
It is 34 km downstream of Rengali Dam, across the Brahmani River in Orissa.
The project generates electricity using the hydro-electrical generation potential available at the Samal barrage.
It is classed as a run-of-river hydro plant as it uses only the left bank canal of the Samal irrigation project.
The project proponent has constructed an intake diversion structure, powerhouse, tailrace channel and a bridge over the tailrace.
The electricity generated is exported to the Indian electricity grid which has an emissions intensity of 0.9207 tCO2/ MWh.
Project With Benefits
Sustainability co-benefits, beyond the carbon, associated with this project include:
The project contributes towards local socio-economic development around its area of operation through the provision of employment opportunities (both direct and indirect) for the local population.
It contributes towards improving India’s power deficit situation by contributing to the power grid and making power accessible to more people.
It helps improve regional air quality by avoiding commonly used fossil fuels for power generation.
It helps to conserve natural resources such as coal, oil etc.