India's 240 MW Uri 2 hydropower project nearing completion

Heavy rains and flash floods in Fall 2011 flooded the project's tailrace tunnel and outlet, as well as draft tube tunnels

Indian utility National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) is hoping to commission its 240 MW Uri 2 hydropower plant by the end of April 2013.

The run-of-river complex was originally scheduled to be operation by September 2009, but development of the Uri 2 project has been delayed by a number of factors.

Heavy rains and flash floods in Fall 2011 flooded the project's tailrace tunnel and outlet, as well as draft tube tunnels. Earlier that year, more flooding caused waters to top a cofferdam, affecting mechanical equipment and civil works.

Other delays, which date back to an earthquake in October 2005, include cofferdam problems, flooding, labor disputes and supply shortages.

Once complete, the project will feature a 157-meter-long by 52-meter-high concrete gravity dam, a 4.233-km-long headrace tunnel, four 60 MW hydro turbines, and a 3.615-k m-long tailrace tunnel.

According to the state's government, as much as 8,000 MW of hydropower capacity could be developed in the mountainous region in the next decade.

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