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  1. Earthquake in Nepal that killed thousands may have an effect on hydroelectric facilities

    A massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that originated in Kathmandu, Nepal, on April 25, may have caused significant damage to hydroelectric facilities and additional power producing infrastructure, according to published reports. More than of 3,726 people are confirmed dead and more than 6,500 were injured in the quake, the Nepalese government said on Monday. “Highways and roads have suffered structural damage, and we do not know what kind of structural damage Nepal’s numerous hydropower dams and generators have endured,” said Mukesh Khanal, in speaking with Quartz India. Khanal is an economist who works in the international development sector in Nepal. “Officials will eventually go and check them, but I fear huge damage,” he said. “They will have to be torn down and rebuilt, which means reduced electricity production for some years. So, I see great challenges for the government and the economy in the coming days.” Two of Nepal’s largest hydroelectric facilities , 144-MW Kaligandaki hydroelectric power station and 22.1-MW Chilime hydropower plant, may have been affected according to news reports from the area. Officials will not know the extent of damage , if any, until they are able to conduct inspections. Kaligandaki is about 187 mi west of Kathmandu near Mirmi in the district of Syangja District and Chilime is in the district of Rasuwa, which is 83 mi north of Kathmandu. Kaligandaki’s dam and headworks are situated on the Gandaki River at the confluence of the Andhikhola and its powerhouse, which contains three 48 MW Francis turbine-generators is in Beltari. A headrace tunnel, 3.7 miles-in-length, connects the catchment area to the power station. The run-of-river project  is currently the largest power plant of any kind in Nepal. Chilime hydropower plant is also a run-of-river facility and its headworks are located near Chilime. Chilime has an underground power plant located about 2.8 mi southwest on the Bhotekoshi river. Nepal has 600 MW of installed capacity in its Integrated Nepal Power System (INPS), according to Independent Power Producers’ Association, Nepal (IPPAN). Hydropower plants in Nepal, according to IPPAN Established in 2001 as a non-profit, non-government autonomous organization, IPPAN said the country’s power system is dominated by hydropower, which contributes about 90% of power to the system. According to IPPAN, until 1990, hydropower development was under the domain of government utility, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) only. However, with the enactment of new Hydropower Development Policy 1992, the sector was opened to the private sector also. A number of projects already built by the private developers contribute 148 MW of power to INPS. In 2014, Nepal’s deadliest landslide in a decade caused destruction that knocked out 10% of its power generation capacity. Nepal has sought investment to build hydropower dams that harness some 6,000 rivers fed by Himalayan glaciers, a move that would boost economic growth and end blackouts, which can last more than 12 hours at a time, according to IPPAN.    

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    Mon, 27 Apr 2015

  2. Nepal seeks rehab construction of 640-kW Sundarijal hydro project

    Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) seeks bids for construction and equipment rehabilitation of the 640-kW Sundarijal hydroelectric project in Nepal .

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    Wed, 1 Jul 2015

  3. Nepal awards contract for first large-scale pumped-storage hydropower project

    Engineering firm Lahmeyer International GmbH and sub-consultant Manitoba Hydro International have been awarded a contract by Tanahu Hydropower Ltd. to provide a number of services associated with the development of the 140-MW Tanahu pumped-storage project in Nepal .

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    Thu, 30 Jul 2015

  4. Nepal seeks geotechnical, hydropower engineers for 900-MW Upper Karnali hydro project

    The Investment Board of Nepal invites expressions of interest from engineering geology and geotechnical engineers and hydropower engineers to advise development agencies on construction of the 900-MW Upper Karnali hydro project on Nepal's Karnali River.

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    Fri, 6 Mar 2015

  1. Nepal , India firm sign development pact for 900-MW Upper Karnali hydro project

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    Tue, 23 Sep 2014

  2. Nepal ’s 456-MW Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric project suffers “settlement”

    Nepal ’s Electricity Authority has released a list of earthquake damaged state- and independently-owned hydroelectric projects that includes the US$664 million 456-MW Upper Tamakoshi hydroelectric facility being constructed on Nepal ’s Tamakoshi River. 

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    Mon, 11 May 2015

  3. Nepal seeks auxiliary system parts for rehab of 144-MW Kali Gandaki A hydro project

    Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) seeks bids for powerhouse auxiliary system parts for rehabilitation of the 144-MW Kali Gandaki A hydroelectric project on the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal .

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    Tue, 25 Nov 2014

  4. CTG receives final approvals for Nepal's 750-MW West Seti hydropower project

    Nepal's investment board has given approval to China Three Gorges International for the development of a 750 MW hydropower project on the West Seti River in Nepal's northwestern Doti District.

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    Wed, 15 Apr 2015

  5. CIAA halts Nepal dam design and construction

    Legislative authority to continue dam design and construction on 37.6-MW Kabeli-A, a US$108.6 million run-of-river hydroelectric project in the Panchthar district of eastern Nepal , was stripped by the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA), Nepal ’s leading regulatory agency.

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    Tue, 4 Nov 2014

  6. Nepal seeks trash rake for rehabilitation of 144-MW Kali Gandaki A hydro project

    Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) seeks bids to supply a trashrack cleaning machine as part of rehabilitation of the 144-MW Kali Gandaki A hydroelectric project on the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal .

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    Tue, 6 Jan 2015

  7. World Bank seeks consultants to guide Nepal hydropower development

    The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consulting firms to help implement the Nepal Sustainable Hydropower Program.

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    Wed, 5 Nov 2014

  8. Nepal seeks turbine repair, trash rake, auxiliaries for rehab of 144-MW Kali Gandaki A hydro project

    Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) seeks bids for turbine parts and repair, a trash rake and a powerhouse auxiliary system for the 144-MW Kali Gandaki A hydroelectric project on the Kali Gandaki River in western Nepal .

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    Fri, 21 Feb 2014

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