Hydro Lab was initially started in 1988 as a River Research Laboratory with joint co-operation between Norwegian University of Technology (NTH by then), Institute of Engineering (IoE), Tribhuvan University and Butwal Power Company Ltd. for conducting physical hydraulic model study of the headworks of 12 MW Jhimruk Hydropower Project. Following this, model study of the headworks of Khimti 1 Hydropower Project was carried out in this laboratory. Later, in 1998, the River Research Laboratory was re-structured as Hydro Lab Pvt. Ltd., an independent laboratory with permanent facilities to assist in the achievement of national development goals in the field of water resources development in Nepal and in the region. Financial support to Hydro Lab for basic infrastructure development was provided by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and technical and scientific support was provided by the Norwegian University of Science and technology (NTNU).
This is the only organisation of this kind in Nepal, which is capable of performing physical hydraulic model studies for water resources development projects as well as sediment studies and associated research. Since its establishment in 1998, Hydro Lab has gradually expanded its activities including sediment sampling and laboratory analyses, flow measurement, prototype turbine efficiency testing, settling basin performance tests, reservoir sedimentation study, hydraulic design and design review of the headworks.
Further to the expansion of activities, Hydro Lab has established geotechnical laboratory and started to provide geotechnical and geological testing and investigation services. Apart from physical hydraulic model study, service of numerical modelling has also been added. Knowledge sharing through training/workshops and providing research opportunity to MSc and PhD students from different universities from Nepal and abroad is also one of the important activities of Hydro Lab.
Establishment of cooperation and creation of global network with national and international professional as well as academic institutions with similar research interest is an ongoing activity of Hydro Lab and has got internationally qualified and experienced human resources.
Hydro Lab Private Limited
Krishna Galli, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal
Tel : +977-1-5539185, 5539186
Fax : +977-1-5543195