Ghatghar Dams
Ghatghar Dam is located in India
Ghatghar Dam
Location of Ghatghar Dams in India
Coordinates19°32′34.44″N 73°39′53.31″E / 19.5429000°N 73.6648083°E / 19.5429000; 73.6648083
Construction began1995
Opening date2006; 18 years ago (2006)
Dam and spillways
Type of damGravity, roller-compacted concrete
ImpoundsUpper: Pravara River
Lower: Shahi Nalla River
HeightUpper: 15 m (49 ft)
Lower: 86 m (282 ft)
LengthUpper: 503 m (1,650 ft)
Lower: 447 m (1,467 ft)
Commission date2008
Turbines2 x 125 MW reversible Francis-type
Installed capacity250 MW

Ghatghar Dam refers to two associated gravity dams built using roller-compacted concrete, the first use in India.[1][2][3] They are situated in Ghatghar village in Ahmednagar district Maharashtra, India. Both dams create a lower and upper reservoir for the 250 MW pumped-storage hydroelectric power station. The upper Ghatghar dam is 15 m (49 ft) tall and on the Pravara River, a tributary of Godavari river.[4] The lower Ghatghar dam is 86 m (282 ft) tall and located on the Shahi Nalla which is a tributary of Ulhas River to the south west of the upper reservoir in a steep valley. The hydro power project diverts Godavari river basin water outside the basin area to a west flowing river of Western ghats.

The power station is located between both the upper and lower reservoirs. During peak electricity demand hours, water from the upper reservoir turns two 125 MW reversible Francis turbine-generators. When energy demand is low, such as at night, the turbines reverse direction and pump water from the lower reservoir back to the upper. Construction on the project began in 1995, the dams were placed beginning in 2001 and were complete by 2006. The power station was commissioned in 2008.[5][6]

Power Plant

The dam's power plant has an installed capacity of 250 MW.

Stage Unit Number Installed Capacity (MW) Date of Commissioning Status
1 1 125 2008 Operational
1 2 125 2008 Operational [7]

See also

Middle Vaitarna Dam


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