Technical Features of the Project

Based on the current Revised Feasibility Study, the installed capacity of the project is 73 MW with the design discharge of 73.71 m3/s, corresponding to 42.71% exceedance flow. The catchment area of the Project is 2,002 km2 and the gross head is 132 m. The 50 m long weir has its crest level at 887 m above mean sea level (amsl). The maximum height of weir crest from its original ground level is 10.5 m which diverts the required flow to the Intake. Two undersluice gates maintain the design water level for intake and flush excessive deposits deposited in front of the intake area. Intake comprises of 6 openings to withdraw the design discharge. The flow from the Intake is conveyed to the gravel trap and successively towards underground settling basin via an approach pipe of about 281.52 m length. An underground settling basin designed with 90% trap efficiency (Three 100 m long bays) passes the clean water into the headrace tunnel. About 3,367m long headrace tunnel (concrete lining and shotcrete) with excavated diameter of 6.5 m passes the design discharge to the penstock. Proposed penstock is of 4.5 m (internal diameter) up to the branching length of about 264.66 m after which four penstock pipes of internal diameters ranging 2.25 m, 3.18 m, 3.9 m and 4.5 m supply the water to the Powerhouse. Powerhouse is 56.5 m long and 26 m wide with the tail water level at 755 m amsl. Four units of vertical axis Francis turbines each of 18.25 MW capacity is proposed to generate the designed output of 73 MW. After the power generation (non-consumptive use), the tail water is discharged back to Tamor River via a 75 m long tailrace culvert. The generated electricity is supplied through a 9 km long 220 kV double circuit transmission line (with 24 towers) to Dhunge Sanghu substation of the Koshi Corridor which is being constructed by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). The estimated annual energy generation as per the PPA is 429.409 GWh. The general layout of the project is shown in figure below. The construction progress of the Project is depicted in pictures in the Gallery section. 

Project Key Dates

Survey License to SHEPL: 2nd Falgun 2064 (14 Feb 2008)

EIA approval: 10th Baisakh 2070 (23 Apr 2013)

SEIA approval for 73MW: 6th Kartik 2075 (23 Oct 2018)

Grid Connection Agreement: 25thFalgun 2071 (09 Mar 2015)

Generation license received: 22nd Jestha 2074 (05 Jun 2017)

Power Purchase Aggreement (PPA) for 54 MW: 26th Poush 2073 (10 Jan 2017)

Amendment of PPA for 73 MW: 14th Mangsir 2075 (30 Nov 2018)

Generation License received for 73 MW: 24th Mangsir 2075 (10 Dec 2018)

Financial Closure: 27th Magh 2075 (10 Feb 2019)

Main Civil Contract Awarded: 29th Chaitra 2074 (12 Apr 2018)

Hydro-mechanical Contract Awarded: 26th Ashad 2076 (11 July 2019)

ToR Approval for 220 kV TL Project: 1st Bhadra, 2076 (18 Aug 2019)

Electro-mechanical Contract  Awarded: 7th Poush 2076 (23 Dec 2019)

Transmission Line Contract Awarded: 25th Jestha, 2076 (07 June, 2020)

Pre-construction Activity: Since May, 2017 (Ongoing)

Required Commercial Operation Date (RCOD for 54 MW): 28th Bhadra 2078 (13 Sept 2021)

RCOD for additional capacity: 1th Shrawan 2079 (17 July 2022)

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