PM, Energy Minister inaugurate Upper Trishuli 3A hydropower project

Published On: November 19, 2019 10:00 AM NPT By: HIMNATH DEVKOTA/BHAGWATI LAMA

RASUWA, Nov 19: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barsaman Pun jointly inaugurated the Upper Trishuli 3A hydropower project on Monday.

The formal inauguration took place five months after the project started test generation. Prime Minister from the ‘action room’ of Prime Minister’s office in Singha Durbar and Energy Minister from the project site at Simle of Kispang Rural Municipality in Nuwakot inaugurated the project.

Construction work for the 60 MW hydropower project had stared in April 2011. On May 16 this year, it started test generation. The project, after resolving the hurdles caused by 2015 earthquakes, blockade and interruption from locals, started commercial generation from Monday.

Even after trial generation, some works were yet to be completed because of which the project took time to generate electricity commercially. Immediately after the inauguration, the project has provided the Taking-Over Certificate on Monday.

Informing about the inauguration, Project Chief Phadindra Raj Joshi said Monday that the project will generate electricity in full capacity for nine months. For the remaining three months, the project will generate 45 MW of electricity.

The project that has dam in Rasuwa and powerhouse in Nuwakot has been constructed by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). The project’s 30 MW electricity from its first unit was linked to the national transmission grid on May 17, and the other 30 MW electricity produced from the second unit was linked to the grid on August 2. Following the start of commercial production, one year will be a period to correct the defects, if any.

The project has 8% contribution to the power consumed in the country. The breakthrough of the project’s tunnel was done in August 2017. The project was constructed by the Chinese contractor company China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC).

The agreement with the CGGC to work for the civil powerhouse, dam, tunnel and structure, electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical works in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model was signed on July 30, 2010.

The construction of the project started from April, 2011. The construction of the project was affected for 22 months because of 2015 earthquakes followed by the blockade imposed by India. The earthquake had impacted the structure of the project.

The electricity generated from the project’s 3B hub is being transferred through 45-kilometer-long transmission line to the substation located at Matatirtha in Kathmandu. Of which, 132 KV from the powerhouse located at Simle to 3B hub, 220 KV double circuit from 3B hub to Badbhanjyang and 220 KV 4 circuit transmission lines from Badbhanjyang to Matatirtha have been constructed.

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