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Application for Survey License Projects

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Application for Generation License Projects

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Under Construction Hydropower Projects

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Live Hydropower Projects

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No. of Rivers with Hydropower Projects

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About Nepal Water Resource Portal

The Nepal Water Resource Portal provides a complete picture of Nepal’s water resources and its varied uses. It is a database of all major and minor rivers and river basins along with operational, under construction and under survey hydropower projects on these rivers. In addition, the website includes irrigation projects and groundwater level across the country, giving a spatial representation of Nepal’s water resource and its utilities.


The team working on the portal was inspired by the lack of composite information on how water resources are used or at times even exploited. This portal, therefore, provides a tool to analyze water resources and the development of a region. It uses GIS to locate the infrastructure projects on each river, within the administrative boundaries along with the salient features of those projects, bringing to light the developmental trajectory of our rivers.

River with Hydropower Projects

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Humla Karnali Nadi

Humla,Mugu

Hydropower Projects

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Khimti 1 Hydropower Project

Sahure,Hawa (Dolakha) Betali (Ramechhap)

Khimti I Hydropower Plant is built with private sector funding as a “BOOT” agreement (Build, Own, Operate, and Transfer) with GON. Construction commenced on 26th June 1996 and Commercial Operation commenced on 11th July 2000.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 2000-07-11
  • Installed Capacity : 60 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
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Devighat Hydropower Station

Battar, Nuwakot

Devighat Hydropower Station is the cascade hydropower station of Trishuli power station. It is located at Devighat, Nuwakot with installed capacity of 14.1 MW and annual design generation of 144 GWh. It was commissioned in 1984 AD and developed in assistance from Government of India and Government of Nepal with the total cost of NRs. 750 Million including transmission line. The rehabilitation of all the three units at a cost of INR 338.15 million was successfully completed by the contractor BHEL and handed over to NEA on July 13th, 2011. The capacity of the units is improved and presently, all the three units are in normal operation. The operational capacity is based on the availability of the flow released from the upstream Trishuli Hydropower Station. After the successful completion of RMU project in Devighat in fiscal year 2010/11, the generation has been satisfactory and is limited only by the obstacles in generation faced by upstream plant of Trishuli in one of its unit. The cumulative generation of Devighat HPS has now reached 2309.38 GWh till 2011/12 from its first run. This station generated 74.13 GWh in FY 2010/11 and 105.09 GWh in FY 2011/12 with an increase of 41.76%. The generation from this station contributed 1.92 % and 2.51% of the total energy to the INPS in FY 2010/11 and 2011/12 respectively.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 1984-12-01
  • Installed Capacity : 14.1 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Cascade of Trishuli Hydro Power Station
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Sunkoshi Hydropower Station

Sindhupalchok

Sunkoshi Hydropower station, located at 81 km east from Kathmandu, in Sindhupalchowk district, is a run-of-river daily pondage power station with an installed capacity of 10.05 MW and annual design generation of 70 GWh. This station has 3 units of 3.35 MW each. The powerhouse was commissioned in January 1972 with a friendly cooperation of the Water Conservancy and Electric Power Ministry of the People’s Republic of China and Government of Nepal. The cost of the project was approximately NRs. 109.4 million including transmission line up to Kathmandu. The cumulative generation of the station has reached 2,027.46 GWh in 2011/12 from the first run. The station has generated 60.36 GWh in FY 2010/11 and 66.38 GWh in FY 2011/12 with an increase of 9.99%. The station has a share of 1.59% of the total energy in the INPS in 2011/12. The power station has continuously performed well augmented by favorable hydrological condition and prudent operating practices. The station went on to put a record generation of 66.38 GWh in 2011/12. The rehabilitation of switchgear and protection system along with the governor and excitation system carried out few years back has significantly reduced the outage hours in recent years.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 1972-04-13
  • Installed Capacity : 10.05 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of River
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Tinau Hydropower

Dovan, Palpa

Tinau was commissioned in 1978 near Butwal, but was recommissioned in 1983 after repair of flood damage. The project features two 250-kW turbine-generators, a 500-kW unit, a 2.4-kilometer tunnel, underground desilting chamber, and powerhouse.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 1981-04-13
  • Installed Capacity : 1.024 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of- River
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Seti Hydropower Project

Nadipur, Pokhara

Seti Hydropower Station is a run of river type with installed capacity of 1.5 MW and design generation of 9.8 GWh consisting of 3 units each 0.5 MW. It is located at Nadipur, Pokhara and was commissioned in 1985 AD with assistance from Government of People’s Republic of China and Government of Nepal. The power canal for this power station is jointly used for irrigation purposes looked after by Department of Irrigation and hence, the operation of this power station is affected by irrigation as well. The cumulative generation of Seti HPS has reached 254.77 GWh till 2011/12 from its first run. The station has generated 11.62 GWh in FY 2010/11 and 10.41 GWh in FY 2011/12 with decrease of 10.37%. The station contributed 0.25% of the total energy in the INPS in 2011/12.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 1985-11-01
  • Installed Capacity : 1.5 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
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Marsyangdi Hydropower Station

Tanahu

Marsyangdi Hydropower Station is a peaking run-of-river power station with an installed capacity of 69 MW with three units of 23 MW each and its annual design generation is 462.5 GWh. It is located at Aanbu Khaireni, Tanahun in the central region about 114 km west of Kathmandu on Prithivi Highway and lies on the right bank of Marsyangdi River. It was commissioned in 1989 AD and developed with the assistance from IDA, KFW, KFED, SFD, ADB and GON at a cost of USD 22 million.

The generation from this power station contributed 10.67 % of the total energy to the INPS.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 1989-11-05
  • Installed Capacity : 69 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Peaking Run-of-River
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Kulekhani 1 Hydropower Station

Dhorsing, Makwanpur

Kulekhani-I, located at Dhorsing, Makwanpur, is the only reservoir type hydropower station in Nepal with installed capacity is 60MW having two units each of capacity 30 MW. This station was designed as a peaking power station but it is often operated to the system requirements for voltage improvement & system stability. The annual designed energy generation capacity is 165GWh as primary energy and 46 GWh as secondary energy. This project was constructed with the financial assistance of World Bank, The Kuwait Fund, OPEC Fund, the UNDP & the Overseas Economic Co-operation Fund (OECF) of Japan & Government of Nepal. The total project cost was US$ 117.843 million and accordingly the project was transferred to NEA with a capital cost of approximately NRs. 1,550 million. The tele-metering system installed for the measurement of rainfall, water level etc. cost around NRs. 137.4 million. The cost of road check dams and inclined tunnel is about 23 crores. Its first unit was commissioned on 14th May 1982 and the power station was inaugurated on 8th December 1982 (B.S. 2039-Marga-23). In 1994, an overhauling work of the power station was performed with the grant assistance of Japan.

The generation from this power station contributed 6.09% of the total energy to the INPS. The maximum and minimum water-level of the Kulekhani reservoir in FY 2010/11 was recorded as 1521.34 masl and 1495.22 masl and in FY 2011/12 was recorded as 1530.38 masl and 1497.33 masl.

  • Commercial Operation Date : 1982-05-04
  • Installed Capacity : 60 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Storage
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Trishuli Hydropower Station

Trishuli, Nuwakot

Trishuli Hydropower Station, located at Trishuli, Nuwakot, previously with an installed capacity of 21 MW consisting of 7 units each of 3 MW commissioned in 1967 AD and developed jointly by Government of India and Government of Nepal at a cost of INR 140 million. It was rehabilitated in 1995 AD and upgraded to 24 MW with 6 units each of 3.5 MW and one unit of 3 MW. It is a peaking run-of-river hydropower station with annual design generation of 163 GWh. The power station is in continuous operation since commissioned around forty-five (45) years ago. The cumulative generation of Trishuli HPS has reached 4,449.31 GWh till 2011/12 from its first run. The station has generated 128.25 GWh in FY 2010/11 and 134.77 GWh in FY 2011/12 with an increase of 5.09%. The generation from this station contributed 3.23 % of the total energy in the INPS in 2011/12.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 1967-04-14
  • Installed Capacity : 24 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Peaking Run-of River
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Gandak Hydropower Station

Surajpura, Nawalparasi

Gandak Hydropower Station, located at Surajpura, Nawalparasi having installed capacity of 15 MW and annual design generation of 106.38 GWh was commissioned in 1979 AD and developed in assistance from Government of India and Government of Nepal with the total cost of NRs. 170 million. The project is initially developed with the dual purpose of hydropower and downstream irrigation in Uttar Pradesh, India. The station is canal drop type and the first low head (6.09m) power plant in Nepal. The weir is regulated by the Bihar State Government and the canal is shut down twice in a year for regular repair and maintenance. The operation of this power station is hence, affected by irrigation in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 1979-04-01
  • Installed Capacity : 15 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Canal Drop
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Panauti Hydropower Station

Panauti, Khopasi

Panauti Hydropower Station is run of river hydropower plant and is located at Khopasi, Panauti, 35 km east of Kathmandu with installed capacity of 2.4 MW and annual design generation of 6.97 GWh. It was commissioned in 1965 AD and developed jointly by Soviet Union Government and GON at a cost of NRs. 27 million. The station was initially developed with the dual purpose of hydropower generation and irrigation in the vicinity. However, the water in the canal in the recent years has also been used for drinking purposes as well. The cumulative generation of the station has reached 121.16 GWh till 2011/12 from its first run. The station has generated 2.73 GWh in FY 2010/11 and 1.28 GWh in FY 2011/12 with a decrease of 53.09%. The power station contributed only 0.03% of energy in INPS in 2011/12.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 1965-04-13
  • Installed Capacity : 2.4 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
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Tatopani Small Hydropower Project

Annapurna, Myagdi

  • Commercial Operation Date : 1988-04-13
  • Installed Capacity : 2 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Run-of-River
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Kulekhani II Hydropower Station

Bhainse, Makawanpur

Kulekhani-II Hydropower Station, located at Nibuwatar, Makwanpur, is a cascade of Kulekhani-I with the installed capacity of 32 MW and annual design generation of 104.6 GWh. It was commissioned in 1986 AD and developed in assistance from OCEF Japan and Government of Nepal at a cost of NRs. 124 million. The Plant has faithfully cascaded the generation of Kulekhani-I while also boosted with water intake from Mandu and Rapti pumping. Every year Mandu intake is cleaned after the wet season to allow the filtered water to the intake pond. A survey was carried out to explore the possibility of the addition of Mandu and Rapti in an extensive scale such that one unit could run while Kulekhani-I is not operated for storage of water.
  • Commercial Operation Date : 1986-11-01
  • Installed Capacity : 32 MW
  • Phase : Live
  • Type : Cascade of Kulekhani I