The under construction Middle Tamor Hydropower Project (MTHP), is a run-of river (RoR) project with an installed capacity of 73 MW situated at the north eastern district of Taplejung. The headwork (HW) of the project is located in Phungling Municipality and Phaktanglung Rural Municipality and the Powerhouse (PH) is located in Mikwa Khola Rural Municipality at the right bank of the Tamor River.
The study and design of the Middle Tamor Hydropower Project was completed by the Engineer- Sanima Hydro and Engineering Pvt. Ltd. (SHEPL) and the Generation License was obtained initially for 54 MW on 5 June 2017, but later on the design was revised and generation license for revised capacity of 73MW was obtained on 10 December 2018. Subsequently, Sanima Middle Tamor Hydropower Ltd. (SMTHL) was established as a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) Company for the implementation and operation of Middle Tamor Hydropower Project (MTHP). The generation license for the additional capacity was obtained by this SPV on 2 November 2017.
SMTHL has implemented the construction work with four major individual contract packages of work with different international and national contractors. All of the four major contracts packages (Main Civil Contract, Hydro-mechanical Contract, Electro-mechanical Contract and Transmission Line Contract) have already been awarded by the SMTHL. The Main Civil, Hydro-mechanical, Electro-mechanical and Transmission Line Contractors have been working at the construction site despite the difficulties caused due to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19.
Beside above major individual Contract packages, the pre-construction and preparatory works, which comprises various works like construction of access roads, upgrading of existing earthen road network, road slope protection works, one steel truss bridge and two Bailey bridges across Tamor river in Thumba, Budidaha and Mitlung, staff camp facilities at Simle (headworks) and Lorindin (powerhouse), camp facilities for Nepal Army personnel, bunker for explosives, acquisition of required private lands as well as leasing of public land, arrangements of construction power line and explosives for the tunnel excavation, arrangement of local construction materials and necessary permission form local authorities have been executed outsourcing different suppliers and local contractors on need basis by SMTHL.According to the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) the required commercial operation date (RCOD) of the Project is 17 July 2022 (1 Shrawan 2079) for 73 MW. However, considering initial impact study of COVID-19 on the Project the RCOD is estimated a delay of 1 year. The extension of the RCOD has been already recommended by the NEA to Electricity Regulatory Commission (ERC).