Government, Nepal-China JV sign pact to build $322 million hydro project

The project will generate 766.6 GW hours of energy annually.


The project will generate 766.6 GW hours of energy annually. Photo courtesy: Semanta Dahal

December 19, 2022

KATHMANDU – The government on Sunday signed a project development agreement with a Nepal-China joint venture power developer to construct a $322 million project under the build, own, operate, and transfer modality.

The 135 MW project is located in the Marsyangdi river of the Manang district.

Butwal Power Company of Nepal and three Chinese companies—Sichuan Provincial Investment Group, Chengdu Xingcheng Investment Group and Qing Yuan Engineering Consulting Company—are the joint venture partners.

Nepali company will hold a 20 percent stake in the equity of the project, according to the officials.

The project will be constructed by the joint venture—Manang Marsyangdi Hydropower Company.

Madhu Prasad Bhetuwal, joint Secretary at the Energy Ministry and Uttar Kumar Shrestha from Manang Marsyangdi Hydropower Company, signed the project development agreement on behalf of their respective organisations in Kathmandu on Sunday.

The project will generate 766.6 GW hours of energy annually.

On the occasion, Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, secretary of the Energy Ministry, urged the company to complete the project on time.

Under the build, own, operate, and transfer modality, the energy production licence has been issued for 35 years, beginning in December 2018.

In March 2020, Nepal Electricity Authority signed the power purchase agreement with the company.

The project development agreement includes subjects like project inspection, permission to use the water, royalty and taxes, use of Nepali resources, generating employment and skill growth, environmental and social development, and risk management among others.

The agreement states that the project-affected locals will get a 10 percent share in the project.

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