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Chameliya Hydro project gains momentum following Energy Minister’s instruction

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BAITADI — The tunnel construction of the 30 – megawatt Chameliya Hydro Power Project at Balanch village of Shikhar VDC in Darchula has been completed.

The project construction work, which had slowed down, gained momentum following an instruction from Minister of Energy, Janardan Sharma.

Minister Sharma on February 11 had made an onsite visit to the construction site of the project and issued the directive for its completion at the earliest.

Of the total of 4.6 km tunnel, the construction of 843 meters had been too narrow. This prompted the project management to expand the narrow stretch of the tunnel and the work was done along 611 meters.

The work to expand the remaining 232 meters of the narrow stretch started on September 28, 2016 and completed only just yesterday, according to Project Chief, Ajay Dahal.

The Project aims to complete the test production by September this year and start generating power by December.

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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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