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Nepal’s Upper Tamakoshi hydropower plant to begin operation ahead of schedule

  • 7 months ago (2021-04-19)
  • David Flin
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Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation for Nepal, said that the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project is expected to start generating partial power by mid-May, and be fully operational by August. He said that work on the project had intensified, and that it would be possible to generate 76 MW by mid-May. He said: “All of the vertical slabs have been completed and the generation of 76 MW has been ensured within a short period of time. Production will be increased gradually and 456 MW will be generated by August.”

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Hitendra Dev Shakya, Executive Director of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) said that work is underway to ensure the Upper Tamakoshi plant will start generating from May 3. He said: “We will turn the first machine on May 3. If everything works out, it may happen a day or two earlier, but for now we have set our eyes on May 3.” He added that all six units of the plant will be started by mid-July.