The foundation stone was laid for the 900-MW Arun-3 hydroelectric project, on the Arun River in the Sunkhuwashabha District of Nepal, on May 12.
Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi ji and Honorable Prime Minister of Nepal Shir K.P. Sharma Oli ji jointly laid the foundation stone.
Arun-3 is a peaking run-of-river project in eastern Nepal. The dam will be 70 m tall and the headrace tunnel will be 11.7 km long. The underground powerhouse will contain four 225-MW vertical Francis turbine-generator units. Electricity from the project will be exported to India via a 217-km-long 400-kV double circuit transmission line.
The project is being developed by SJVN through wholly owned subsidiary SJVN Arun-3 Power Development Company. SJVN received the allocation to develop the project on a build-own-operate-transfer basis, for a period of 30 years, in March 2008. SJVN and the government of Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding for execution of Arun-3 on March 2, 2008.
Total project is likely to be INR70 billion (US$1 billion), said SJVN Chairman and Managing Director Sh. Nand Lal Sharma. Four major contracts have already been awarded.
The construction of the project is expected to lead to development of the area and assist in uplifting the socioeconomic levels of the people living in and around the project area. Project activities boost the development of new roads, bridges and such other amenities as healthcare and education, SJVN says. A total of 269 project affected families will be 30 units each of electricity for free every month.
Last month, HydroWorld reported on a bombing that occurred at the site, causing minor damage to the compound wall on the south side of the facility.
The foundation stone for another SJVN project, 60-MW Naitwar Mori, was laid in early April.
Previously, SJVN executed the 1,500-MW Nathpa Jhakri hydropower station and the 412-MW Rampur hydro station.