10 new hydropower projects to be built by NEA

10 new hydropower projects to be built by NEA
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Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has planned to build 10 reservoirs and run-of-the-river (ROR) projects with the aim to increase the quantum of electricity generated by its subsidiary companies.

According to NEA, it has initiated the process to build four reservoir projects with the capacity of 1,969 megawatts and other six peaking run-of-the-river (PROR) and ROR projects with a capacity of 138 megawatts.

Kul Man Ghising, managing director of NEA has said that they are considering these projects as ‘game changers’ in terms of power balance and maintaining the load. He added that the authority had earlier been criticized for only building ROR and PROR projects.

The power utility has planned to start the construction of 30 MW Ekhuwa Khola, while 37 MW Upper Trishuli III B is still under construction. However, construction of 40 MW Raghuganga Hydropower has already been started.

NEA has initiated the process to build 42 MW Modi Hydro and 19 MW Modi ‘A’ Hydro with the investment of NEA staffers. Now, around 10,000 workers are working at NEA. According to NEA, it is preparing to take forward all the aforementioned projects through the company model, for which chances of timely completion is high.

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