December 7, 2022 | Investopaper
Middle Modi Hydropower Project, constructed by Chaudhary Group, has begun trial electricity production. After the completion of the construction work, the project has tested the electricity generation. The produced electricity will be connected to national grid after successful testing for the next two weeks.
The construction of the project, which started in 2071 BS, has been completed in a period of about eight years. The project, which has been facing problems due to the 2072 BS earthquake, blockade and obstruction by locals from time to time, was halted for some time due to COVID-19.
The project has a dam in Annapurna Rural Municipality-8 Birethanti of Kaski. The powerhouse is located in Kerunga, Modi Rural Municipality-2 of Parbat.
Initially designed to generate 15.1 MW electricity, the capacity of the project has also increased to 18 MW.
The initial estimated cost of the project was around Rs. 2.80 billion. However, the cost of the project has increased to Rs. 4 billion due to the delay in construction.
The contract period of the project started in 2071 BS and lasted till Ashad 2077 BS. After that, the time period was extended. The work of opening 2,694 meters tunnel of the project was completed in Ashwin last year. The tunnel was completed almost five years after the start of the project.
The electricity generated from the project will be connected to the National Grid at the Modi Khola Power Plant Sub Station at Patichaur through 4km long 132kV single circuit transmission line. The total net energy production will be 79.12GWh annually.
The project is developed by a company Middle Modi Hydropower Limited. It’s a company promoted by Chaudhary Group Nepal and Coastal Projects Limited, India through a parent company Nepal Jalabidhyut Parbardan tatha Bikas Limited (NJPBL).