Dordi Khola HEP (27MW)

Dordi Khola Hydropower Project is proposed on the Dordi Khola as a run of the river type project in Chiti, Besisahar Municipality - 11 of Lamjung District. The company started the construction of the project in 2015 and completed in 2022. The delay in the completion of the project was basically because of the impact of 2015 devastating earthquake, India-Nepal border blockade, seasonal floods, encounter of very poor rock-mass condition during tunnel excavation and unpreparedness of Transmission Line to be constructed by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). The headworks structures of the project lie at an elevation of 758m asl on Dordi Khola in Chiti, Nauther and Bansar village junction and the surface powerhouse is situated on the left bank of Marshyangdi River at an elevation of 551masl and about 500 m upstream from the confluence of Dordi Khola and Marshyangdi River. The installed capacity of the project is 27 MW using the gross head of 212 m and the design discharge of 15.28 m3/s with three 9 MW horizontal shaft Francis turbines and generating units. The annual average contract energy is 142 GWh, out of which dry season energy is 21 GWh and the wet season energy is 121 GWh. The generated power is being evacuated to the national grid through the Middle Marshyangdi HEP substation under the contingency plan. The contingency plan has been in effective situation since the commissioning of the project due to unavailability of NEA’s Transmission Line. The connecting point of Dordi Khola HEP (27 MW) as per the connection agreement is at Udipur substation hub which is still not completed. The Project’s required transmission line about 3.0 km up to the Udipur substation hub has been erected by the company and present generated energy is being evacuated through this line. Because of the contingency plan the project is generating the electrical energy according to the dispatch instruction of Load Dispatch Centre (LDC), NEA. The company is giving its best effort to end up the contingency plan and sell the generated energy in its full capacity as mentioned in the Power Purchase Agreement document. The project was completed with the total cost of about NPR 5288 million Including IDC. The project was financed by a consortium of banks and financial institutions led by Prime Commercial Bank Ltd., Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu with the debt equity ratio of 75:25.