Tata Power's Bhivpuri Hydro Power Plant completes 100 years of clean energy generation
~ Commissioned in 1922, the plant currently produces around 300 MUs of electricity a year ~
~Centenary coincides with the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, India@75~
~ Supports Mumbai’s ‘islanding system’, acts as a backup power source in case of any emergency due to its Black Start capability ~
~ Significantly contributing towards economic and community development around the site~
National – March 05th, 2022: Tata Power, one of India's largest integrated power companies, today celebrated the glorious feat of completing the 100th anniversary of its hydroelectric power plant in Bhivpuri, Maharashtra. The plant, one of the oldest in India, produces around 300 MUs of electricity annually and has provided clean energy for over 100 years to the nation. This remarkable achievement also coincides with the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, India@75 and demonstrates Tata Power's efforts to 'Power India and Empower Bharat' for over 100 years.
The Company started building the Bhivpuri Powerhouse in 1916. It is situated in Raigad district of Maharashtra near Mumbai. The project was commissioned in 1922, with installed capacity of 48 MW, which was subsequently upgraded to 75 MW including a 72 MW new powerhouse, with three units of 24 MW. It also includes 3 MW tailrace powerhouse comprising two units of 1.5 MW each. The plant now transmits power over 110 kV transmission lines to industries and licensees in the Mumbai metropolis.
Speaking about this milestone, Dr. Praveer Sinha, CEO&MD, Tata Power, said, “It’s a proud moment for all of us at Tata Power to mark the centenary celebration of Bhivpuri Hydro Power Station. We are committed to providing clean energy through this plant and on this occasion reaffirm our commitment to achieve clean and green energy capacity of 80% by 2030; thus contributing towards India's clean energy targets.”
The Bhivpuri plant along with the Khopoli and Bhira is among the first hydroelectric plants in the region that harnesses the major water resources of the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. Today, these three plants make up Mumbai’s ‘islanding system’, the backup power source that kicks-in in case metropolis’ power supply gets impacted—akin to an inverter system installed inside households.
The clean and cheap power generated at Bhivpuri Hydro Power Plant has helped curb pollution in Mumbai, one of the world’s busiest and densely populated cities.
The water released from Bhivpuri plant along with the Khopoli and Bhira hydel plants meets the Ulhas, Patalganga and Kundalika rivers in the Konkan region. This water has enabled rapid industrialization, urbanization, irrigation development, commercial trades, etc. in the downstream areas of Karjat, Ambernath, Ulhasnagar, Thane, Badlapur, Mira-Bhayander, Vasai, etc.
For the past 100 years, Tata Power has been involved in a variety of economic and community development projects around the Bhivpuri Hydro plant. This includes the establishment of Dhaaga centers to support the livelihood of under-privileged community women, training to rural women for producing herbal healthcare products, education excellence schemes for teachers and students to improve their academic performance, training teachers on biodiversity and environment, water and renewable energy schemes. It has also undertaken initiatives to create employment and run various healthcare programmes to provide primary healthcare to remote villages. These initiatives not only provides growth opportunities to the targeted communities but also empowers them.
Plants like Bhivpuri Hydro Power Station are important contributors to the company’s journey to promote clean and green power and to achieve carbon neutrality before 2045.