October 30, 2018
Tokyo, October 30, 2018: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed an agreement with the Government of India to provide Official Development Assistance (ODA) loan of 5,497 million Japanese yen (approximately INR 315 Crore) for the ‘Project for Renovation and Modernisation of Umiam-Umtru Stage III Hydroelectric Power Station" in Meghalaya.
The objective of the Project is to reduce power shortages in Meghalaya by renovating, modernizing, and upgrading the Umiam-Umtru Stage III Hydroelectric Power Station, situated by the Umtru River. The Project will contribute towards industrial development in Meghalaya and will improve living standards in the state through optimum utilization of water resources.
The ODA loan agreement was signed between Shohei Hara, Director General, South Asia Department, JICA and Mr. Sujan R. Chinoy, Ambassador of India to Japan on October 29, 2018 at Tokyo.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Katsuo Matsumoto, Chief Representative, JICA India Office said, "JICA has been supporting Renovation and Modernization of Umiam Hydroelectric power station since 1997 in order to improve the energy situation in the north-eastern part of India. The development of north-eastern region of India is slow as compared to the other regions and suffering from serious energy shortfall. As of July, 2017, the installed capacity in the State remains approximately 350MW. Even with receipt of electricity from power stations owned by the Government of India, the State has still been suffering from energy shortfall between 5% and 15% every year. Further the Umiam-Umtru Stage III Hydroelectric Power Station started operation in 1979 but its performance has been deteriorating for more than 15 years due to breakdown of the runners, electro-mechanical equipment and so on. In these circumstances, the said Project will contribute to avoid further deterioration of the capacity and provide stable power supply to realize the growth potential of the region. The Project is also expected to contribute to "Japan-India Act East Forum" which aims to expand the cooperation between Japan and India in north-eastern region".
JICA recognises that stable power supply is essential for socio-economic development. Improvement of power supply of existing hydropower station is critical to secure stable electric power supply. The upgradation of the Umiam-Umtru Hydroelectric Power Station will constitute a significant part of the installed capacity in Meghalaya. JICA's assistance for modernization and upgradation of the station will help Meghalaya realize its growth potential. The Project is in line with ‘24X7 Power for All Meghalaya', a joint initiative of the Government of India and the Government of Meghalaya."
Meghalaya Power Generation Corporation Limited (MePGCL) is the Executing Agency of the Project.
Meghalaya's peak power demand is expected to reach 444MW in 2019, however the State's installed generation capacity is approximately 350 MW as of July 2017, creating a shortage of supply. While the Government of Meghalaya plans to add capacity of 47MW with new solar and small-hydro power stations, capacity recovery of existing power stations is also urgent to address the growing demand. The installed capacity of Umiam-Umtru Stage III Hydroelectric Power Station is 60 MW, consisting of two units of 30 MW each. Overall, the Umiam-Umtru Hydroelectric Power Station represents a significant 17% of the total installed capacity of Meghalaya Power Generation Corporation Limited. The Station has been operating since 1979 and requires upgradation owing to wear and tear of its runners and other electro-mechanical equipment. The Project will, therefore, play a vital role in bridging any shortfall in power supply in Meghalaya and will also help in the maintenance of the Hydro-electric Power Station.
JICA has been contributing to the inclusive development of Meghalaya through its various projects. Earlier, JICA has provided an ODA loan of 3,664 million Japanese yen (approximately INR 200 crore) for ‘Umiam Hydro Power Station Renovation Project' and ‘Umiam Stage II Hydro Power Station Renovation and Modernization Project'.
Umiam-Umtru Stage III Hydroelectric Power Station
Established by a specific law as an incorporated administrative institution under the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) aims to promote international cooperation as the sole Japanese governmental agency in charge of ODA implementation. JICA is the world's largest bilateral donor agency. JICA works as a bridge between Japan and emerging countries, and provides assistance in the form of loans, grants and technical cooperation, so that the emerging countries can strengthen their capabilities.
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