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SOLUKHUMBU — Bio gas is to be produced from human fecal matter collected from the Mount Everest base camp as a better way is sought for its management.

The Sagarmatha Pollution Control Committee (SPCC) last year set up a dumpsite near Lobuchhe to dispose waste left by climbers and guides on the Mount Everest.

Earlier the dumpsite was at Gorkasep situating at an altitude of 5,164 meters.

The Committee sought an alternative way to better manage human waste collected from the Everest base camp situating at an altitude of 5,300 meters.

According to SPCC Chair Ang Dorji Sherpa, the Committee in collaboration with the US-based Seattle University and Kathmandu University (KU) conducted a research under the name of Sagarmatha Biogas Project as it sought a better way for the fecal sludge management.

Probabilities have been seen that human fecal matter collected from the Everest base camp can be used as a source of biogas production.

A bio gas plant is to be set up as an extended form of the project so as to turn probabilities into reality, he added.

The laboratory test of sample of human fecal excrement collected from the base camp was conducted at the KU’s laboratory and the finding is that biogas can be generated from it at a minimum temperature of 20 degree Celsius.

Human (potters) are used to collect human waste from the Everest base camp and transport it down to a dumpsite near Lobuchhe for burial.

Works are on the progress to construct a biogas treatment plant at Gorkasep area. The production of bio gas from human waste is expected to address the problem of cooking gas at Lobuchhe area with contributing to keeping the local environment clean and minimizing the risk of bacteria outbreak and other health hazards.

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NPC urges government to seek clarification from Chinese firm

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KATHMANDU — The National Planning Commission (NPC) has urged the government to seek clarification from China Three Gorges International Corporation (CTGC) over the construction of the Paschim (West) Seti Hydro Power Project.

The meeting of the NPC that began on Sunday, made the decision of seeking clarification from the company with a time period of 90 days regarding the construction of 750 MW hydropower project.

The hydropower project, which is expected to be completed in an investment of 1.60 billion rupees, will have 65 percent investments from the CTGC, 25 percent from the National Electricity Authority (NEA) and the 10 percent investments from the locals as share, as per the plans made before.

CTGC can sell off its 14 percent of its total 65 percent share to the Nepali investors. But the CTGC has been showing dissatisfaction over the rate of purchasing the electricity per unit (PPA). Previously it had asked the NEA to review the rate but got a negative response.

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“We have suggested the government to interrogate the company whether it will be able to complete the project or not. What has been the problem to expedite the construction along with the terms and conditions which the company wants to put forward,” NPC Vice President Swarnim Wagle said.

The CGTC, which has been delaying the construction over its dissatisfaction over the PPA, has been threatening to walk out of the construction.

The project, which covers the area of Doti, Dadeldhura, Baitadi, and Bajhang districts of Far Western Development Region of Nepal, can produce 3.33 billion units of electricity on yearly basis, accoridng to the probability study of the project.

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