Sustainable practices proven during assessment of Kabeli-A hydropower project

The 37.6-MW Kabeli-A hydropower project received scores of basic good practice or better on all of the 22 topics assessed under the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, achieving proven best practice on half of them.

The International Hydropower Association manages the worldwide implementation of the protocol and issued a press release on the results of the assessment.

The assessment was carried out in September 2014 when the project, on the Kabeli River in Nepal, was in the preparation stage. During the one-week process, a team of accredited assessors visited the project site, conducted more than 50 interviews with a range of stakeholders, and reviewed documentation.

Kabeli Energy Ltd. was established in 2010 to develop the project.

The Kabeli-A project is due to begin construction in spring 2015.

Funding for this development is coming in part from the World Bank Group, which approved US$84.6 million in financing in May 2014. Total cost is expected to be about $108.6 million.

The protocol is a tool for assessing hydropower projects across a comprehensive range of social, environmental, technical and economic topics.

Other hydro work is ongoing in Nepal, including repairs of the 10-MW Sunkoshi plant.

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