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NEA likely to add 2 more hours of Power cut; ADB to support for reservoir-based hydropower project

KATHMANDU: At a time when the country is facing almost half a day of power cut, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has come up with a balm for people suffering from long hours of power cut.

ADB is lending US$150 million out of an US$500 million project that will build a hydropower plant with a 140 MW capacity. A press release issued by ADB said, “The 140 MW hydropower plant, to be located around 150 kilometers west of Kathmandu on the Seti River in Tanahu district, will generate electricity year round.”

To ensure steady supply even during the dry winter months of November through April, the plant will be fed from a 7.26 square kilometer reservoir, making it Nepal’s first major hydropower plant with water storage capacity and a sediment flushing system, said ADB.

The entire project will cost around US$500 million and will be co-funded by ADB and the Japan International Cooperation Agency lending, the European Investment Bank, and the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development.

Meanwhile the Nepal Electricity Authority, the sole power supplier of the country, is mulling to increase load-shedding by two more hours as the Kaligandi A Hydropower Project in Syangja district is going to shut from 1 March for about 10 days for maintenance.

The installed capacity of the run-of-the-river project is 144 megawatts but it is currently generating only 60 megawatts.  The project officials said all three inlet valves of the project which carry the water from tunnel to the turbine have eroded and water has started to leak so repair has become necessary. Officials also said the valves have not been repaired for the past eight years.

Nepal has been facing long hours of power cut during winter season as most of the power projects are run of river type and their generation capacity decreases with the decrease in flow of water in rivers.

Published Date: Monday, February 25th, 2013 | 10:07 AM

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