Untitled Document

Fire stops production at Nepal's Kulekhani 2 hydroelectric plant

Nepal Map

Power generation at Nepal's 32-MW Kulekhani 2 hydroelectric plant has stopped after a fire damaged several transformers in the project's powerhouse earlier this week.

According to the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the fire broke out after when an electrical bushing exploded under a high voltage load.

Sources report that it then took members of the Nepal Army and fire engines from the nearby towns of Chitwan, Birgunj and Hetauda were able to contain the fire in about two hours, potentially saving the entire powerhouse from being destroyed.

For now, NEA officials said, Kulekhani 2 (also spelled "Kalakhani") will remain closed at least until the damaged transformers can be repaired, after which the company will be able to complete a more thorough evaluation of the project.

NEA also said it will likely import energy from India to make up for the capacity lost from the Kulekhani 2 plant, though a load shedding schedule might need to be enacted.

HydroWorld.com reported in February that production at the project's sister plant, Kulekhani 1, had been decreased due to cable issues.

Related Articles

Corps awards contract for fixed cone valve for West Virginia's Summersville Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a contract worth $875,000 to Integrated 8(A) So...

U.S. seeks tainter gates replacement at Illinois' Dresden Island Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to supply as many as four replacement tainter ga...

Pakistan seeks supervision of turbine-generator refurbishment at 1,000-MW Mangla hydro project

Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) invites expressions of interest fro...

U.S. seeks spillway gate rehab at Oregon's Blue River Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks bids to rehabilitate spillway gates at the Corps' Blu...

Recent Comments




Hydro Slideshows

more slideshows >>  

Hydro Whitepapers

Industry News

Editor's Picks

06/01/2015
Volume 34, Issue 5
05/01/2015
Volume 23, Issue 3

Buyers Guide Products