Project Background

The 14 MW Kulekhani III Hydroelectric Project is a third cascade scheme of the Kulekhani Reservoir project. The Civil works contract was awarded to Sinohydro Corporation, China and the Electromechanical Contract was awarded to M/S Zhejiang Jinlun Electro mechanic Co., China. By the end of FY 2071/072.

Approximately 92% of the civil construction work and 45% of electro-mechanical installation works have already been completed. Power generated from the Project will be evacuated through a 500m long 132 kV transmission line. Government of Nepal and Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) are funding the construction of this project. The initial total estimated cost of the project was NRs. 2.43 billion and scheduled to be completed by December 7, 2011.

The construction works was halted by the Civil Contractor citing various problems. Re-negotiations were held with the Contractor and a “Memorandum of Agreement” (MoA) was signed on February 18, 2012 and subsequently the construction of the project was resumed from March 23, 2012.

The main construction components of the Project are Civil Works (Lot C-1) and Electromechanical and Hydromechanical Works (Lot-2). As per the MoA, the project duration has been extended by 30 months from the original 44 months. NEA Board has approved new completion date for the Civil Contractor up to October 15, 2015.

The original contract agreement with the consultant (Joint Venture of Water Resources Consult (P.) Ltd, SILT Consultants (P.) Ltd. and Hydro Engineering & Development Co. (P.) Ltd. for the Construction Management and Construction Supervision Work was terminated due to efficiency. The current Consultant for the Project is Water and Power Consultancy Services, (WAPCOS) Ltd. India, in association with Total Management System (TMS), Nepal.

Project Status

 All of the Civil structures in the Head works area is completed except the control room. The excavation and concrete lining of the overall tunnel is completed. Installation of horizontal penstock including concrete lining is ongoing, out of 254m, installation of 80 m of horizontal pen-stock and bifurcation is completed.In powerhouse  35/5ton  EoT crane,spiral casing installation of both unit 1 and 2 is completed. Approximately 80% of the Electro mechanical equipment has arrived at the site. It is targeted to generate energy from Kulekhani III within the FY 2072/2073.This project will generate the regulated energy which is most needed for the power system of Nepal.

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