Nepal has abundant potential for hydropower: German firm

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    Nepal has an abundant potential for hydropower, and it is a matter of time before it could become a leading hydropower generating nation, a German-based company’s top official has said.

    Although bestowed with tremendous hydropower resources, only about 40 per cent of Nepal’s population has access to electricity.

    “Nepal is a country that has an abundant potential for hydropower, and it is a matter of time before it could become a leading hydropower generating nation,” said Martin Andrae, Chief Marketing Officer of Voith Hydro.

    He was speaking at an event to mark the entry of the company in Nepal.

    “The company is able to supply electromechanical equipment for hydropower projects ranging in size from mini and small to large plants with a capacity of 1,000 MW per unit,” the company said in a statement.

    Voith has been supplying equipment to Nepal since 1968 when it installed electromechanical equipment at the Gandak Hydroelectric Project for the Nepal Electricity Authority.

    Experts say the perennial nature of Nepali rivers and the steep gradient of the country’s topography provide ideal conditions for the development of some of the world’s largest hydroelectric projects in Nepal.

    Source : DNA