Fire breaks out in powerhouse of 24-MW Trishuli hydro project in Nepal

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The Kathmandu Post recently reported that a fire has been brought under control at the 24-MW Trishuli hydro project in Nepal.

Trishuli, at Trishuli in Nuwakot District, is a run-of-river plant owned by the Nepal Electricity Authority and began operating in 1967, with a capacity of 21 MW. Trishuli’s development was a joint effort of the government of India and the government of Nepal. A 1995 rehabilitation brought the plant to its current 24 MW capacity.

The fire is reported to have begun at 2:45 pm local time July 10, and preliminary investigations suggest it was caused by an electrical short-circuit. Police said the machinery used to produce electricity sustained damages in the fire but complete details on this damage are yet to be ascertained.

The Trishuli powerhouse contains seven Francis turbine-generator units.

In total, NEA operates and maintains 17 hydropower stations with a total capacity of 469.29 MW and two thermal power plants with a capacity of 53.41 MW.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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