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Storm Damages World's Biggest Floating Solar Plant

  • 13 Apr 2024
  • 2 min read

Why in News?

The biggest floating solar plant in the world located at Omkareshwar Dam, Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh has sustained severe damage due to a storm.

Key Points

  • Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corporation (NHDC) has initiated an assessment of the harm but remains positive that the plant will resume power generation shortly.
    • The Narmada Hydroelectric Development Corporation Limited (NHDC Limited) is a joint venture between the Government of Madhya Pradesh and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Limited (NHPC Limited).
  • The floating structure, constructed on the backwaters of Omkareshwar Dam, was all set for deployment when it was battered by strong 50 kmph winds during a summer storm recently.
  • The Omkareshwar Dam backwaters will house plants with capacities of 100 megawatts in Kelwa Khurd, 88 megawatts in Indawadi and 90 megawatts in Ekhand village.

The Omkareshwar Dam

  • It is a gravity dam on the Narmada River just upstream of Mandhata in Khandwa district, Madhya Pradesh.
  • It is named after the Omkareshwar temple located just downstream.
  • The dam was constructed between 2003 and 2007 with the purpose of providing water for irrigation of 132,500 ha (327,000 acres).
  • An associated hydroelectric power station located at the base of the dam has an installed capacity of 520 MW.
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