Small Hydropower Plant Namche Bazar

Country: Nepal

Project period: 1985 - 1993

Client: Ministry of Foreign Affaires, Austria. Nepal Electricity Authority

Investment amount: EUR 2,800,000


The electrification of Namche Bazar and the adjacent villages Khunde, Khumjung and Thamo was of fundamental importance for the survival and development of the whole region, as no other form of energy was available in the future due to deforestation.

The plant, with a capacity of 600 kW and a net head of 210 m, was located at an elevation of 4000 m.a.s.l. and was not accessible by road (140 km distance to the next road connection).

The project not only covered the energy production; it started at the spring in the glacier region and ended at the kitchen stoves and heating systems in the Sherpa houses. New concepts for efficient energy utilization were developed, with also the necessary infrastructures to operate, maintain, repair and expand the system in the future. The planning and implementation of drinking water, biological waste water treatment and waste disposal was also included in this project.

Services provided:
  • Geological, hydrological and topographical surveys
  • Pre-feasibility study
  • Energy consumption assessment
  • Biological and environmental assessment
  • Detailed design
  • Preparation of tender documents
  • Tender evaluation and procurement assistance
  • Construction supervision
  • Start-up assistance

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