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    KATHMANDU, SEP 16 –

    Nepal-GermanyGerman Ambassador to Nepal Frank Meyke on Monday unveiled a signage of Nepal-German cooperation in Mid-Marsyangdi Hydropower project, celebrating the 5th anniversary of the completion of the project.

    Inaugurated in 2008, the 69MW power project received Rs 21 billion in grant from Germany. This makes it the largest grant-funded project of German Development Cooperation worldwide, said a statement issued by the German Embassy in Kathmandu.

    Speaking on the occasion, Meyke highlighted five decades of Nepal-German cooperation, saying that promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy is one of the focus areas of German cooperation in Nepal. “This would include harnessing Nepal’s immense hydropower potential which to this day remains largely untapped.” Germany is said to be one of the largest bilateral development partners of Nepal.

    “The German government has been active in the hydropower sector since the mid-80s when construction and operation of the Lower Marsyangdi hydropower plant started. This plant has now been operating for more than 20 years and supplies its full installed capacity of 69 MW to the national grid,” the envoy said.

    Top officials of the Nepal Electricity Authority, German Development Bank, German Development Cooperation GIZ and large number of local people were present on the occasion.

    A team of senior Nepal-German officials is currently on a three-day observation visit to various project sites in Lamjung, Kaski and Tanahun districts. On Tuesday, Meyke and Director of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre Govinda Pokharel are scheduled to jointly inaugurate a solar water pump station in Bhagawatipur of Tanahun.

    Source : The Kathmandu Post

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    Marsyangdi Hydel anniv marked

    KATHMANDU: German Ambassador Frank Meyke unveiled a signage of Nepal-German Cooperation at the project site of Middle Marsyangdi Hydro Power in Lamjung on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of project completion, today.

    Inaugurated by then Prime Minister GP Koirala in 2008, the 69 MW hydel — the largest grant-funded project of German Development Cooperation worldwide — had received 172 Million Euro (Rs 21 billion) in grants from Germany.

    Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Meyke said promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy is a focus area of German cooperation in Nepal. “This includes harnessing Nepal’s immense hydro power potential which to this day remains largely untapped.”

    Representatives of Nepal Electricity Authority, German Development Bank, German Development Cooperation GIZ, and locals were present on the occasion. A team of Nepali and German officials are on a three-day visit to various project sites in Lamjung, Kaski and Tanahun.

    Meyke also observed a building electrician training jointly organised by Gairi Campus and GIZ, a German organisation, as per a support programme for the peace process, in Gairi.

    Addressing the function he said political stability was a prerequisite for economic prosperity and that would be possible after successful completion of the CA poll. Also, he stressed state investment in youth and skill-oriented education for development.

    Meyke said, “Germany and other countries are very eager to invest here once elections are held and political stability prevails.”

    Source : The Himalayan Times