Sengulam Hydroelectric Project

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Sengulam Hydroelectric Project is located in the Vellathooval (Right bank of Muthirappuzha) of Devikulam in Idukki district. The project is commissioned in the year 1954 with an approved and installed capacity of 48 MW. The type of project is Major, since its capacity is greater than 25 MW. The power house type is Surface and its status is Operational. The source of water for the generation of power is Muthirapuzha/ Periyar River. The hydroelectric Basin is West flowing Rivers. The power station is located in the Southern Hydroelectric Region.

The Sengulam Hydroelectric Project also called as chenkulam hydroelectric project is owned by the Kerala State Government and the operating company of the power plant is Kerala State Electricity Board. The beneficiary state of the power plant is Kerala. The power project was completed in 1957. The total number of turbines in the power plant is four and capacity per each Turbine is 12 MW. The type of turbine built is Pelton and the maker of Turbine is English Electric UK. The manufacturer of generator is by the Alstom Canada. There are four units in operation and all the four units are commissioned. The first to fourth units are commissioned in 01 May 1954, 25 July 1954, 11 November 1954 and 05 January 1955 respectively. After Renovation of Power Plant, the units are changed from 12 MW to 12.8 MW for each units. So the total installed capacity is 51.2 MW.

How to Reach: The power plant is located in the Vellathooval village of Devikulam Taluk in Idukki district. You can reach this power station via Road, Rail or Air. Regular buses and taxi are accessible from Idukki town to the power station. Kottayam, Aluva and Angamali are the nearest well-connected railway stations and Kochi Airport is the nearest international airport.

Project Details:

• Hydroelectric Project Name – Sengulam Hydroelectric Project

• Commission Date – 1954

• Approved Capacity in MW –48 MW

• Installed Capacity in MW – 48 MW

• Type of Project – Major (> 25 MW)

• Type of Powerhouse – Surface

• Status –Operational

• Water Source – Muthirapuzha/Periyar River

• Hydroelectric Basin – West flowing Rivers

• Hydroelectric Region –Southern Hydroelectric Region

• Hydroelectric Development Type – Run of River Small Pondage

• Owner – State Government

• Operating Company – Kerala State Electricity Board

• Address – Vellathooval (Right bank of Muthirappuzha), Devikulam, Idukki

• District – Idukki

• State – Kerala

• Contact Number –+91 (471) 244 6480 (Thiruvananthapuram)

• Email –

• Website –

• Beneficiary States/ Union Territories – Kerala

• Completion of Power Project– 1957

• Number of Turbines – 4

• Capacity per Turbine – 12 MW

• Type of Turbine – Pelton

• Turbine Manufacturer – English Electric UK

• Generator Manufacturer – Alstom Canada

• Unit Sizes – 48 MW (12 MW x 4 units)

• Total Units – 4

• Units Commissioned – four units are commissioned