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 Hydropower 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 purchase transaction based on the SPA signed with Rajratna Energy Holding Pvt. ltd. and local shareholder has been completed acquiring 100% of the shares by BPC and BPC will retail 20% shares. DoED has issued Generation License (282MW RoR type) for 35 years period from 17 Nov 2018 and connection agreement has been signed for 144 MW dated Poush 24, 2075. Contractor’s camp and access road improvement at site is continuing. The project has been re-optimized and the project capacity downsized to 135 MW with Peaking RoR type in order to conclude PPA with NEA. The PPA process is ongoing for the same. The water from the tailrace of MMHEP will be utilized by Lower Manang Marsyangdi Hydro-electric Project (LMMHPP).
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.
|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.|
Upper Marsyangdi-2 Hydroelectric Project (327 MW)
The Upper Marsyangdi-2 project (UM2) is a high head, PRoR scheme project on Marsyangdi River in Manang district and Lamjung District of Gandaki Province of Nepal. The Project area lies in Annapurna Conservation Area (ACAP).
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 generation survey license of UM2 was first issued to Himtal Hydropower Co. Pvt. Ltd owned by GMR. The Engineering and Consultancy services relating to the preparation of Detailed Project report for UM2HEP was carried out by Coyne et Bellier, France and Tractebel Engineering. 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 139.2 MW. Now, the SEIA with respect to updated report is being carried out.
The project area is connected to Besisahar 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 24.5km from Besisahar, about 200km from Kathmandu.
|Project Location||Headwork - 50 m d/s of suspension bridge at village Tal, Manang District
Power House site - 100 m u/s of suspension bridge at village Syange, Lamjung District
|Project Type||Peaking Run-of River|
|Installed Capacity||327 MW|
|Annual Energy Generation||1,805 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.|