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TAQA: India hydro project starts producing power 7 Nov 2015

TAQA has commenced the sale of power from its 100 MW Sorang hydropower project in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (“TAQA”) today announced the commencement of sale of power from the 100 megawatt (MW) run-of-the-river Sorang hydropower project in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. At full capacity, it can supply emissions-free electricity to 500,000 homes.

“We are keen to participate in meeting India’s growing energy needs through the completion of this project which provides cost-efficient power and helps develop renewable energy sources,” said His Excellency Saeed Mubarak Al-Hajeri, TAQA Chairman. “Sorang is our third major project to be completed this year, with two other projects set for completion by the end of 2015.”

The Sorang hydropower project is powered by the Sorang Khad river which originates in the Himalayas. It uses run-of-the-river technology to convert the river’s natural water flow to electricity, eliminating the need for a reservoir.

Al-Hajeri added: “I would like to congratulate our team in India for safely completing this very challenging project in difficult terrain. This has been achieved largely thanks to a disciplined approach to project execution as well as the strong partnerships we have built with the local community and government.”

The facility started supplying power to northern India on 31 October 2015. TAQA’s India operations also include a 250 MW lignite power station in the Neyveli region of southern India.

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About TAQA

TAQA is an international energy and water company listed in Abu Dhabi operating in 11 countries across four continents. The word TAQA means energy in Arabic.

TAQA strives to run its company safely and sustainably, operating to the highest ethical standards. The company is proud to align its strategy to Abu Dhabi’s Economic Vision 2030, a road map for a sustainable economy with a focus on knowledge-based industry.

TAQA has investments in power generation, water desalination, oil and gas exploration and production, pipelines and gas storage. The company's assets are located in Canada, Ghana, India, Iraq, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States.