Nepal signs South Korea utility to equip 30-MW Chameliya

Korea Hydro &Nuclear Power (KHNP) of South Korea signed a contract April 30 to supply and install electro-mechanical and transmission line equipment for the 30-MW Chameliya hydroelectric project being built in Nepal’s Darchula District.

Chameliya Project Manager Keshav Raj Bhatta and KHNP officials signed the 3.8 billion rupee (US$48 million) contract at headquarters of the awarding agency, Nepal Electricity Authority, Nepal and Korea media reported.

The total US$100 million project is being partially financed by South Korea’s Economic Development and Cooperation Fund. In September 2008, Nepal Finance Minister Baburam Bhattarai said the ongoing run-of-river project would be constructed quickly with no shortage of funds for its implementation. (HNN 9/26/08)

KHNP is to carry out the work in consortium with Hwacheon Plant Co. and other South Korean companies. China Gezhouba Group Corp. began main civil works in 2007. The project is expected to be complete in November 2011.

Chameliya is being built in the Chameliya Valley, 950 kilometers west of Kathmandu in Far Western Development Region.

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