India’s NHPC pursues Nepal’s 300-MW Upper Karnali

India hydro developer National Hydroelectric Power Corp. (NHPC) says it is pursuing development of the 300-MW Upper Karnali hydroelectric project planned in neighboring Nepal.

NHPC said it has submitted an expression of interest for execution of the project on the Karnali River on a build-own-operate-transfer basis. The developer said it filed as an independent power producer on commercial principles.

In 2006, India Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde reported a joint hydropower development venture of India and Nepal was focusing on Upper Karnali and four other major Nepal hydro projects, all on rivers flowing into India. (HNN 8/18/06)

Shinde said other projects in the works included 480-MW Karnali multi-purpose, 6,400-MW Pancheshwar multi-purpose, 3,400-MW Sapta Kosi multi-purpose and 10-MW Sun Kosi diversion scheme, and 600-MW Burhi Gandaki project. The minister said the projects only could be implemented after completion of detailed project reports, if the projects are found to be technically and economically viable, and after mutual agreements are signed between the two countries.

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