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Inaugurating the Upper Trishuli 3 ‘A’ Hydroelectricity Project


Kathmandu: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated the 60- megawatt Upper Trishuli 3 ‘A’ Hydropower Project on Monday. The prime minister inaugurated the project by pressing a switch at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

“The land acquisition process should not hinder the construction of development projects. He said that development projects like hydropower should not face any roadblocks during their construction.”- The PM opined.

PM Oli said-“Every stakeholder concerned should facilitate in the smooth construction of the projects by settling the issues of land acquisition. On the one hand, unwarranted compensation claims will raise the cost of the development projects, and on the other hand, the projects will also encounter inordinate delays.”

Meanwhile, Minister for Energy Barsha Man Pun reached the project site at Kispang Rural Municipality of Nuwakot during the inauguration.

With the inauguration of the project, the commercial production of electricity from Upper Trishuli has started. The project started to generate electricity 8 years after starting the construction work of the project.

The 60 MW electricity produced from the first unit was linked to the grid on May 17 and the 30MW electricity produced from the second unit was linked to the grid on August 2. The project has an 8% contribution to the energy consumed in the country. The two units of the project are producing 30 MW of electricity each.

The Nepal Electricity Authority has constructed a project that has a dam in Rasuwa and a powerhouse in Nuwakot. The project’s tunnel was done in August 2017.

China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) was awarded for the construction of the project. The agreement with the CGGC to work for the civil powerhouse, dam, tunnel and structure, electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical works in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model was signed on July 30, 2010.

The project construction started in April 2011 but due to the massive earthquake of 2015, the construction work was affected for 22 months. The earthquake had impacted the structures of the project. The project was completed with an investment of Rs 13.99 billion.

The electricity generated from the project’s 3B hub is being transferred through 45-kilometer-long transmission line to the substation located at Matatirtha in Kathmandu of which, 132 KV from the powerhouse located at Simle to 3B hub, 220 KV double circuit from 3B hub to Badbhanjyang and 220 KV 4 circuit transmission lines from Badbhanjyang to Matatirtha have been constructed

Source: My Republica