KATHMANDU, APRIL 18
The Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project is expected to start generating electricity in fullfledged manner by August, while it will partially generate electricity by mid-May.
During a meeting of the Parliamentary Finance Committee today, Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Dinesh Kumar Ghimire informed that power generation from the first unit would start within mid-May.
He said that the work has been intensified to generate 76 MW of electricity by mid-May. He said, "In today's situation, all the vertical slabs have been completed and the generation of 76 MW units has been ensured within a short period of time."
He said that production will be gradually increased over the months of June, July, August and September. Secretary Ghimire also said that 456 MW of electricity will be generated from Upper Tamakoshi by August.
Similarly, Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) Executive Director Hitendra Dev Shakya said that work is underway to start generating electricity from Upper Tamakoshi from May 3 as per the schedule. He said that although the first unit was scheduled to be rotated on May 14, it was possible to do so a couple of days earlier and it would be possible on May 14, while the power generation would begin 14 days later.
He said, "We will turn the first machine on May 3. If everything works out, it may happen a day or two earlier even, but for now we have set our eyes on May 3.
Stating that he had visited the project site a few days ago after the delay in the project, NEA Executive Director Shakya said that the project would be completed on time if the work was continued at the same pace. He said that power generation would be started from all the six units of the project by mid-July.
A version of this article appears in the print on April 19, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.