Megha Engineering & Infrastructures Limited (MEIL) has engaged design and engineering firm SMEC to provide detailed engineering and project management services on the 500MW (4 x 125MW) Kundah pumped storage project in India. 

Owned by state agency Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd. (TANGEDCO) the Kundah project is located in the Nilgiris hills of the Tamil Nadu State. The pumped storage project will provide peaking benefits by utilizing the existing reservoir at Porthimund as the upper reservoir and Emerald as the lower reservoir.

“This project is one of the largest pumped storage electricity generating schemes in Tamil Nadu,” said Neeta Arora, Director – SMEC Design Centre (India). “The Indian government has committed to a significant increase in power system flexibility, ensuring grid stability and avoiding power shortages. This provides a great opportunity for further hydropower development in the region, an area where SMEC has many decades of experience and a broad project portfolio.”