The foundation stone of 40 MW Upper Chameliya Hydropower Project has been laid. The foundation stone of the project to be constructed in Marma Village Municipality-2 was jointly laid by Village Municipality Chairman Jaman Singh Dhami and AP Power Company Director Indramani Trital today.
The project is the largest project in the far west being constructed by the private sector. The foundation stone of the project has been laid with the aim of completing the project within 20 months, said Trital. The total cost of the project is Rs. 7.40 billion.
Six banks and financial institutions have invested in the project. Led by Himalayan Bank, Employees Provident Fund, Rastriya Banijya Bank, Nepal Bank, Nepal Bangladesh Bank and Century Commercial Bank have invested Rs. 5.18 billion. According to operator Trital, loans from banks and financial institutions account for 70 percent of the total cost. It is stated that 30 percent (Rs. 2.22 billion) will be invested.
Construction work of the project structure has been started along with the foundation stone. About six kilometers of pipeline with a diameter of 3.2 meters will be constructed for the project with a head of 205 meters. The water brought through the pipeline by building a dam in Api Himal Gaonpalika-5 Okhal will be discharged into the power house to be constructed in Marma Gaonpalika-2 Ghattegad
The electricity generated from the project will be connected to the 132 KV substation constructed by Nepal Electricity Authority at Balanch. The project is about 13 kilometers above the 30 MW capacity Chamelia constructed by NEA. Trital said that there would be no problem in connecting electricity as the Balanch substation was in operation. After the completion of the project, 264.1 million units of electricity will be generated annually.
The company has already connected 8.5 MW Naugad and 8 MW Upper Naugad projects to the transmission system. After the construction of Upper Chamelia, the capacity of the project invested by the company will reach 56.5 MW.