Work complete at Nepal’s 25-MW Upper Madi hydroelectric plant

Nepal’s 25-MW Upper Madi hydroelectric plant should be on line by the end of the year, following the completion of the project last week.

The facility — also known as the Upper Madikhola — was the first hydro project in Nepal to be constructed under a build-operate-transfer model, with the China International Water and Electric Corp. footing about 80% of the plant’s costs and Nepal’s Madi Hydropower Co. picking up the remainder.

Officials said testing of Upper Madi’s generators, turbines and transformers has already been performed. Now, workers are connecting the project to a Nepal Electricity Authority substation near Lekhnath before the plant is brought completely on line.

Work began on the project in December 2012 and was supposed to have been finished last spring. The project was delayed, however, by flooding and earthquakes that caused a tunnel to collapse in April 2014.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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