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Nepal’s Largest Hydro Project – A Step Forward
Department on Electricity Development prepares to award survey license to Vidyut Utpadan Company for Nepal’s largest hydropower project Mugu Karnali.
Nepal accelerates its largest hydroelectricity project, the Mugu Karnali, with an installed capacity of 1,902 MW.
This is the biggest project in Nepal seconded by the 1,200 MW Budhi Gandaki project in Central Nepal and will majorly address the country’s electricity crisis.
The Mugu Karnali hydropower project is located on the Karnali river and spans the Mugu, Humla and Bajura districts.
Power Project Development
In a recent development concerning the project, the Department of Electricity Development (DoED) is preparing to award a survey license to government-owned Vidyut Utpadan Company as the latter approached the department for the same on April 15, 2018.
DoED is currently reviewing the documents and will forward the same to the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI) for the final nod.
“We have asked for a few additional documents from the probable developer, and once we get them, we will seek the ministry’s approval for the license,” says Nabin Raj Singh, Director General of DoED.
Post the Ministry’s approval, the company will conduct a stringent study of the large-sized project and should complete the survey in a span of two years.
MoEWRI is planning to give about 19 government projects to VUC. In the past, the government awarded the 410 MW Nalsing Gadh Hydropower (storage type) project to the company.