SMEC to study 844-MW Kaligandaki Hydropower in Nepal

SMEC has been appointed to undertake the feasibility study and environmental impact assessment on the 844-MW Kaligandaki Hydropower Project in Nepal.

Nepal has enormous untapped potential for hydropower development, SMEC says, thanks to its many perennial rivers that flow from the high Himalayan Mountains toward low-lying plains in the south and into India.

The government of Nepal has set an ambitious target to reach 5 GW total hydropower capacity over the next five years. With limited conventional energy resources, this is key to ensuring that 100% of the population (up from the current 70%) has access to reliable electricity.

The Department of Electricity Development appointed SMEC to undertake the feasibility study and environmental impact assessment on the Kaligandaki Hydropower Project, located along the border between Parbat and Myagdi. This is a multipurpose storage hydropower project that will use river discharge flowing into the Kaligandaki River. The planned location is 1 km to 2 km upstream from the confluence of Kaligandaki and Seti rivers, with elevation of about 530 m.

“With rising demand for power, Nepal’s economic wellbeing depends heavily on hydropower development,” says Kamalesh Pradhananga, team leader on the Kaligandaki Storage Hydropower project. “SMEC has a long track record of delivering hydropower projects in remote, complex environments, and we’re able to tap that experience combined with specialist engineering expertise to deliver technical and sustainable solutions for our clients and partners.”

SMEC’s other work in Nepal includes an assignment in late 2019 to the proposed 70.34-MW Simbuwa Khola Hydroelectric Project in the Taplejung district by Remit Hydro Ltd., using the flow of Simbuwa Khola, a tributary of the Arun River. SMEC’s services include updating the feasibility study, detailed engineering surveys and design and preparation of tender documents. The project will generate 378.96 GWh of electricity annually, which will be evacuated through the Koshi Corridor Transmission Line.

SMEC provides consulting and advisory expertise across urban development, infrastructure and management services industries.

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