The Higher Trishuli 3A Hydropower Project constructed by a Chinese construction and engineering industry in Nepal saw a major breakthrough recently.
After building started in 2000, the first of the project’s two turbines finished a 72-hour trial operation on Monday after injecting 30 megawatts of power into the Nepali grid on May 16, 2019.
The victorious trial run showed that the turbine executed well under commercial operating situations.
Nepal’s geographical environment offers favorable hydropower conditions for the nation.
Recently, some Chinese hydropower development industries have undertaken projects of numerous scales in Nepal, playing a confident role in easing the country’s power shortage and positive tap the potential of hydropower development.
Nepal’s Biggest Hydropower Plant
The department, built by China Gezhouba Team, is equipped with two vertical shaft hydro-generator sets, with 30 megawatts for every, and is situated in Rasuwa, a suburban community regarding 95 kilometers from Kathmandu. It is the biggest hydropower plant in Nepal that went into operation in 2019.
Authorities from the Nepal Electricity Authority say that the project can help relieve the electricity pressure in Kathmandu throughout peak demand, and greatly reduce the electricity insufficient valley residents.
The Nepal Electricity Authority developed the project with a concessional loan of USD 114 .7 million from the Export-Import Bank of China. The interest rate on the loan is 1.75 percent, and the repayment period is 20 years beginning with the date of commercial operation, based on a report by Nepali newspaper Money.