NHPC and VUCL Sign MoU for Development of Phukot Karnali Hydro Electric Project in Nepal
The installed capacity of the project shall be 480 MW with average annual generation of about 2448 GWh.
June 02, 2023. By Anurima Mondal
NHPC Ltd., a Schedule ‘A’ Enterprise of the Government of India with ‘Mini Ratna’ status, is a premier PSU in India for development of hydropower and Vidhyut Utpadan Company Ltd. (VUCL), Nepal is responsible to develop, build, own and operate large-scale hydropower projects in public-private partnership model in Nepal.
The MOU was exchanged by R.K. Vishnoi, Chairman & Managing Director, NHPC and Shri Surya Prasad Rijal, Managing Director, VUCL. Signing of this MOU is a landmark step towards India-Nepal Joint Vision on Power Sector Cooperation.
The project will use the flow from the Karnali River for power generation and the generated power will be fed into integrated power system of Nepal.
The installed capacity of the project shall be 480 MW with average annual generation of about 2448 GWh. The key features of the project are a 109-metre-high RCC dam and an underground power house where the 06 turbines of 79 MW each shall be housed. Additionally, to utilise minimum environmental release one Surface Power House of 6 MW capacity i.e. two machines of 3 MW each is also planned. This project is conceived as a Peaking Run-of-River (PRoR) type scheme.
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