DARCHULA, April 8: Upper Naugarh Gad Small Hydroelectric Project (8 MW) of Darchula is starting power generation by mid-May.
Construction of the project is at the last stage, according to the project management.
"We had to revise our generation deadline by a month from mid-May as construction work was affected by floods in August last year," Madhusudan Koirala, in-charge of the project, told Republica.
"As per the work plan, first unit of 4 megawatts will start generation by mid-May, while the second unit of similar capacity will be ready a month later."
The project is located in Naugad Rural Municipality of Darchula district.
"We have already installed penstock pipes in the powerhouse. Similarly, works on fixing machine and surge tank are underway,” said Koirala.
The power generated by the plant will be connected to the national grid through the substation of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in Balanch of Shailya Shikhar Municipality-1.
The power developer has already built 9-kilometer 33 kV transmission line to connect to the substation.
The hydropower project is being developed by Api Power Company Ltd. The estimated cost of the project is about Rs 1.44 billion.
Api Power Company Ltd has already built 8.5-megawatt Naugad I Hydropower Project in Shailya Sikhar Municipality on the district.
The company is also preparing to build Upper Chamelia Hydropower Project (40 MW) in Marma Rural municipality in Darchula district.