MAXIMUM EXPLORATION OF HYDROPOWER IS NEEDED TO MEET THE ENERGY DECADE GOAL
May 19, 2019
Nepal is estimated to have a hydro potential of 83,000 MW electricity, and 43,000 MW is considered to be economically viable.
However, the hydropower generating capacity of 1,047 MW at present seems to be a distant dream from the government’s target of generating 15,000 MW by the year 2029 during the announcement of the ‘Energy and Water Resources Decade’ through the government’s White Paper on May 8, 2018.
Hence, the authorities concerned need to do more in order to meet the goal and fulfil the growing energy demand in the country and also boost national economy.
Many hydropower projects are currently under construction while several projects have already been completed which can be taken as a positive step for meeting the government’s goal.
“We have already commissioned the Chameliya Hydropower Project, Bagmati Small Hydropower Project, Kulekhani- III and Upper Trisuli 3A with 30 MW, 22 MW, 14 MW and 60 MW capacities, respectively whereas the construction of Kabeli-B1, Lower Hewa Khola, and Iwa Khola hydro projects with 25 MW, 21.6 MW and 9.9 MW capacities, respectively are ongoing,” says Prabal Adhikari, Spokesperson at Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).
According to Adhikari, the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project and Rasuwagadhi Hydropower Project with 456 MW and 111 MW capacities, respectively will be completed by the next fiscal whereas, Khani Khola -1, Mistri Khola and Upper Sanjen Hydropower projects with 40 MW, 42 MW and 14.8 MW capacities will be completed within this fiscal.
“We have targeted to complete 23 hydropower projects such as the Upper Sanjen, Upper Khimti, Junbeshi, and Singati Khola with 14.8 MW, 12 MW, 5.2 MW and 16 MW, et cetera in the coming fiscal 2019-20 with 983 MW combined capacity,” adds Adhikari.
Similarly, as per the data of Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI), several projects such Likhu-4, Dordi-1, Nyadi Khola, Middle Modi and Madhya Bhotekoshi hydropower projects with 52.4 MW, 10.3 MW, 30 MW, 15.1 MW and 102 MW generation capacity, respectively are already underway, which will be completed within the fiscal 2020-21, claims Pravin Raj Aryal, Spokesperson at MoEWRI.
“Apart from this, we have introduced potential projects such as Lohore Khola, Salankhu Khola, Upper Hewa HPP, Sisa Khola A, among 30 projects spread across the country that we aim to complete by the fiscal 2020-21,” he adds.
As per NEA’s data, to fulfil the rising energy demand, Nepal imports around 400 MW electricity annually from India, whereas Nepal at present has been producing 1,047 MW electricity annually.
To this, NEA contributes 570 MW whereas 477 MW is contributed by Independent Power Producers (IPPs).
“We only generate around 400 MW electricity in the dry season but the demand yearround is more than 1,600 MW. So, in order to supply electricity throughout the year, the energy banking system should be implemented by the government through which we can sell excess power during monsoon to India and buy it from them during the dry season,” says Shailendra Guragain, President at Independent Power Producers’ Association Read more…
Source:: Nepal Energy Forum