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The Joint Venture between BPC and three Chinese Companies named Sichuan Provincial Investment Group Co. Ltd (SCIG), Chengdu Xingcheng Investment Group Co. Ltd. (CXIG) and Qing Yuan Engineering Consulting Co. Ltd. (QYEC) has setup a Joint Venture Company (JVC) and has acquired two more hydropower projects in Marsyangdi Corridor to develop in cascade with BPC’s Lower Manang Marsyangdi HEP. The JVC will develop three projects in Marsyangdi corridor viz. Manang Marsyangdi Hydro-electric Project (135 MW), Lower Manang Marsyangdi Hydroelectric Project (139.2 MW) and Upper Marsyangdi - 2 Hydroelectric Project (327 MW) as a cascade development model which sums up to 601 MW of electricity.

Manang Marsyangdi Hydro-electric Project (135 MW)

Manang Marsyangdi Hydro-electric Project (MMHEP) is located on the Marsyangdi River in Manang district of Gandaki Province of Nepal. The Project area lies in Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP).

Share transaction with Chinese partners has been completed and BPC owns 20% shares in Manang Marshyangdi Hydropower Company Ptd. Ltd, a SPV to Manang Marsyangdi HEP. Department of Electricity Development (DoED) has issued Generation License (282MW RoR type) for 35 years period from 17 Nov 2018 and Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) has been conclude with NEA at 135 MW. Contractor’s camp and access road improvement was ongoing but the heavy rainfall and floods damaged these infrastructures in this rainy season. The process for amendment of generation license at 135 MW is ongoing at DOED. The water from the tailrace of MMHEP will be utilized by Lower Manang Marsyangdi Hydro-electric Project (LMMHEP). The process of Project Development Agreement (PDA) is ongoing at MOEWRI. After the PDA and amendment of generation license, the financial closure will be completed and project construction will start.

 

The catchment originates at the Himalayas in western Nepal and source is Tilicho Lake. The catchment area at the dam axis is 1,635 km2, of which the area of 901 km2 is above 5000 masl. Now, the SEIA in relation to change of boundary is under approval process.

Fact Sheet

Project Location Headwork - Approximately 350 m Downstream of the Confluence Marsyangdi and Nar Khola
Power House - About 1,250 m Upstream from the Confluence of Marsyangdi and Chino Khola
Project Type Peaking Run-of River
Installed Capacity 135 MW
Annual Energy Generation 766.593 GWh
Design Discharge 36.78 m3 /s (at 42.72% PoE)
Gross Head 430.20 m
Head Race Tunnel 6.075 km
Power Evacuation Inter-connection will be made to the Marsyangdi Corridor 220 kV Transmission line planned by NEA at Dharapani/Manang 220 kV Hub.
Access to site Powerhouse is about 65 km away from Besisahar and about 235 km away from Kathmandu. Headwork site is at about 13 km away from Power house.

Lower Manang Marsyangdi Hydroelectric Project (139.2 MW)

The Lower Manang Marsyangdi Hydroelectric Project (LMMHEP) is located in the high Himalayan area of Gandaki zone of Gandaki Pradesh in western Nepal. The Project area lies in Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP).

LMMHPP will utilize the discharges from intermediate catchment as well as the tailrace of MMHEP by the help of a collection pond. The catchments area at headwork of the project is 1,693 km2 and the elevation of catchment is ranging from about 2100 masl to 7800 masl. The powerhouse of the project will be at an elevation range of 1,728–1,740 masl. BPC obtained survey license of Lower Manang Marsyangdi Hydroelectric Project from Department of Electricity Development (DoED) in 2009 and carried out feasibility study & EIA. EIA of the project has been approved by GoN in 2070.

The connection agreement was signed in 2018 with NEA for 104 MW and amended for 139.2 MW in 2020.

Generation License (140 MW RoR type) was received on Kartik 18, 2075. However, so as to fit to Marsyangdi Cascade projects, this project has been re-designed to take tail water of PROR Manang Marsyangdi project so that this project is also a PROR project. The project now has been re-optimized at 139.2 MW to meet the requirement of NEA’s guideline for concluding the PPA. Accordingly, the Supplementary EIA (SEIA) has been conducted and submitted for the approval process. Industry registration has been completed for 139.2 MW and Draft PPA is being signed with NEA.

Besisahar - Chame Feeder Road is a motorable road connecting the powerhouse and the headworks areas.

Fact Sheet

Location

Headwork - Left Bank, approximately 1.6 km Upstream of Marsyangdi and Chino Khola Confluence
Power House site - right bank of Marsyangdi River, 1.5 km downstream of suspension bridge near Khotro Village in Nasong Rural Municipality, Manang district.

Project Type

Peaking Run-of-River

Installed Capacity

139.2 MW

Annual Energy Generation

790 GWh

Design Discharge

39.38 m3 /s at 40% PoE

Gross Head

418 m

Head Race Tunnel

6.2 km

Power Evacuation

Inter-connection will be made to the Marsyangdi Corridor 220 kV Transmission line planned by NEA at Dharapani/Manang Hub.

Access to site

Powerhouse is about 39 km away from Besisahar and about 215 km away from Kathmandu. Headwork site is at about 6 km away from Power house.

 

Upper Marsyangdi-2 Hydroelectric Project (327 MW)

The Upper Marsyangdi-2 Hydroelectric Project (UM2HEP) is a high head, PRoR type project along Marsyangdi River in Manang and Lamjung Districts of Gandaki Province of Nepal. The Project area lies in Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP).

Marsyangi Cadcade Projects

The catchments area at headwork of the project is 2,268 km2. The Dam site of UM2HEP is proposed at a location about 2 km upstream of the village Tal. The underground powerhouse of the UM2 will be constructed on the right bank of the Marsyangdi River near to Syange Village. The survey license of UM2 was first issued to Himtal Hydropower Co. Pvt. Ltd owned by GMR. EIA of the project was approved by GoN in 2069 for 600 MW as per the feasibility study. The ownership of the project has been transferred from GMR (majority shareholder) to three Chinese companies and Butwal Power Company Ltd., Nepal. Project Development Agreement (PDA) negotiations has been started with Investment Board Nepal (IBN).

After the project acquisition by BPC with Chinese Investors, the project report has been updated and project capacity has been re-optimized at 327 MW. Now, the Supplementary EIA (SEIA) with respect to updated report has been carried out and is in the process of approval. The investment approval has been received from DOI.

The project area is connected by Besisahar- Chame road by fair weather road which is being upgraded by the cascade projects. The road access up to the Besisahar is black topped. The road distance between the headworks and the powerhouse is 13 km, and the powerhouse is about 24.5 km from Besisahar, about 200km from Kathmandu.

Fact Sheet

Project Location

Headwork - u/s of suspension bridge at village Tal, Nasong Rural Municipality, Manang District
Power House site - 100 m u/s of suspension bridge at village Syange, Marsyangdi Rural Municipality Lamjung District

Project Type

Peaking Run-of River

Installed Capacity

327 MW

Annual Energy Generation

1,934 GWh

Design Discharge

59.6 m3 /s at 40% PoE

Gross Head

649.6 m

Head Race Tunnel

12 km

Power Evacuation

The nearest substation in the project area is the proposed 220 KV Khudi Hub at Khudi, which lies towards south-west at a distance of about 20 km from the UM2 power house.

Access to site

Powerhouse is about 24.5 km away from Besisahar and about 200 km away from Kathmandu. Headwork site is at about 13 km away from Power house.