Lower Modikhola Hydro Project set for trial operation


    Parbat, 13 September – The 10 MW Lower Modikhola Hydroelectric Project based at Chuwa VDC in Parbat District is all set to go on a trial operation from today.

    After a thorough inspection of all installed equipment at the dam, canal and power house of the project, the project will be formally handed over to the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). “We have completed all internal inspections from our side. Technicians from the NEA will now inspect the project,” said Project Director Upendra Raj Gautam, adding that the project would begin its commercial generation once it gets a go ahead from the NEA.

    It will take around three days to complete the inspection for the technicians, according to project officials. The power generated from the run-of-the-river based project will be connected to Modi Substation, some 8 km far away from the project site, and will be linked to 132 kv transmission line.

    United Modi Hydropower Limited, the promoter of the project, has signed a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the NEA after which the latter will assume ownership of the project. It is expected to reduce half an hour a day load shedding now.

    Source : Ekantipur