February 18, 2021 | Investopaper
The construction work of Nyadi Hydropower Project under construction in Lamjung is in the final stage. The project expects to start commercial electricity production within Jestha next year. The project with capacity of 30 MW is under construction at Ngadi Khola in Marsyangdi Village Municipality-6 Bahundanda. The tunnel work has already been completed. Likewise, 99 percent work of the dam and power house of the project has been completed.
The project is estimated to cost Rs 6.08 billion. The electricity generated after the completion of the project will be connected through a 7 km long 132 kV capacity transmission line to the Khudi Hub to be constructed by the Nepal Electricity Authority at Khudi VDC of Lamjung district. However, if the transmission line under construction is not ready within the commencement period, alternatively, a 9-kilometer transmission line has to be constructed to connect the 132 kV Bhulbhule-Marsyangdi transmission line just below the Upper Marsyangdi ‘A’ power house.
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The project has been constructed by Chinese company- Chachiang Hydropower Construction and Installation Company. The construction of the project was started on Chaitra, 2073 BS. Based on the flow of the river, this project will generate 168 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually and sell it to Nepal Electricity Authority. The project has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) at Rs 4.80 paisa during the rainy season and Rs 8.40 paisa for the dry season. The rate will increase at an annual rate of 3 percent for eight years.
Ngadi, which was identified in 1993 under the Small Hydropower Master Plan, had an initial capacity of 2.8 MW. Later it was increased to 20 MW and then to 30 MW. BPC purchased the project from Ledco in 2006. The project is being constructed by Nyadi Hydropower Limited with 97.22 percent investment of Butwal Power Company and 2.78 percent investment of Lamjung Power Development Company