Ngadi hydro project ready for PPA

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    nyadi location mapLAMJUNG: Nepal Electricity Authority has initiated preparations to sign power purchase agreement (PPA) with the under construction 30MW Ngadi Hydro Power Project located at Bahundanda, Lamjung.

    The project was left in a limbo since the authority did not take any initiative to ink the agreement though it claimed that it would supply electricity through the national transmission line from 2017, said Butwal Power Company, the constructing company of the project.

    The promotion company has estimated four years time duration to complete the project.

    Lamjung Electricity Development Company has 3 per cent share whereas BPC owns the remaining.

    However, the project promotion company regretted the government’s procrastination. BPC has spent Rs 250 million in constructing a bailey bridge over the Marsyangdi River and building an 8 km long road as part of infrastructure development. “It has also constructed a motorable bridge, roadway and purchased land among others. But, the construction was not going ahead smoothly due to lack of PPA,” said Ram Bahadur Gurung, adviser of Lamjung Electricity Development Committee.

    Dam will be constructed at Bahundanda whereas power house will be constructed at Bhulbhule, near Tarachowk Bridge, 4 km away from the dam. As all the construction will be underground, the project will be eco-friendly as well, claimed BPC.

    Feasibility study of the project was completed in 1993 by Lamjung Electricity Development Company and the environmental impact assessment was approved in 2000.

    BPC had purchased the license of the project in 2006. According to the company, NEA is yet to start construction of transmission line for the Tunikharka-based Khudi Hydro, pushing the hydro-project into further limbo.

    Source : The Himalayan Times