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Feasibility study and EIA to be conducted for Kaligandaki project in Nepal

SMEC will carry out a feasibility study and environmental impact assessment for the 844 MW Kaligandaki hydropower project in Nepal’s central province of Gandaki Pradesh, under a contract awarded by the Department of Electricity Development.

SMEC’s services will include updating the feasibility study, detailed engineering surveys and design and preparation of tender documents, the global engineering, management and development consultancy announced on 15 July.

The multipurpose storage hydropower project, on the border between the districts of Parbat and Myagdi, is designed to use river discharge flowing into the Kaligandaki river to generate close to 380 GWh annually, according to a desk study report by the Department of Electricity Development. Output will be transmitted through the Koshi Corridor transmission line. The planned location of the project is 1-2 km upstream from the confluence of the Kaligandaki and Seti rivers, with an elevation of around 530 m. The reservoir volume has been calculated at approximately 2.043 x 109 m3.

Late last year, SMEC, in a joint venture with local consultancy Jade Consult, was contracted to carry out detailed engineering survey and design and prepare tender documents for the proposed Simbuwa Khola project (70.34 MW) in the Taplejung district of Nepal. The run-of-river plant, which will harness the flow of Simbuwa Khola, a tributary of the Arun river, is being developed by Remit Hydro, a sister organization of Hydroelectricity Investment and Development Company (HIDCL).