Wednesday 15 May 2019 | 12:45-13:35
South and Central Asia saw 3,264 MW of capacity added in 2017, with over half of new projects commissioned in India. The region’s total installed capacity now stands at 144.7 GW. In India, new installs included the 1,200 MW Teesta III project in the Himalayan north-eastern state of Sikkim. Russia commissioned the Nizhne Bureyskaya project (320 MW) in the far east, while total hydropower generation remained stable. Iran commissioned the Rudbar Lorestan dam comprising a 450 MW powerhouse.
Construction of the Rogun dam (3,600 MW) in Tajikistan and other projects in Kyrgyzstan received support from Uzbekistan, and progress has also been made on CASA 1000 to interconnect with Pakistan. Georgia commissioned the Dariala (108 MW) and Khelvachauri 1 (47 MW) plants, and has plans to modernise the Enguri (1,300 MW) dam amongst other investments in hydropower. Nepal’s total capacity reached almost 1,000 MW in 2017, and new projects under construction include 456 MW Upper Tamakosi and 900 MW Arun III.
What factors will ensure the success of these policies and projects?
Recent changes at the political level in South and Central Asia have signalled a will to exploit the region’s untapped hydropower potential, while ensuring that existing assets are optimised.