Nepal explores possibility of generating electricity from Begnas Lake with pumped-storage technology

File: Begnas Lake

Kathmandu, January 12

A feasibility study is being conducted in Begnas Lake of Pokhara-Lekhanath Metropolitan City in Kaski district in a bid to establish the pumped-storage hydroelectricity project there.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency is doing the feasibility study for Nepal Electricity Authority. It aims to publish the preliminary report within this month. The Authority will launch the project if the feasibility study draws a positive conclusion.

Earlier, the Authority had concluded that 100 to 300 megawatt electricity could be generated from the lake after supplying the water into nearby Rupa Lake. A study conducted by the Kathmandu University’s Civil and Geometric Department’s professor Ramesh Kumar Maske had also concluded that 100 megawatt power could be produced there.

Chief Executive Officer of the Authority’s Tanahun Hydropower Project, Pradeep Kumar Thike, says JICA’s study will find out how much electricity from the project can be sent to the national transmission line.

The Ministry of Energy had approved the Authority’s proposal to carry out the study in October-November last year. The Japanese agency had begun the study then.

If implemented, it will be Nepal’s first pumped-storage hydro project. The Authority hopes that the project will enable it to address the peak-hour demand.

The Authority is certain that completion of other major projects including Tamakoshi cannot suffice the level of demand.

The Authority’s spokesperson Prabal Adhikari says the government’s failure to give momentum to proposed reservoir-type projects has forced the Authority’s to explore other alternatives.

Meanwhile, the Authority clarifies that the project will not affect aesthetics of both the lakes as the water from the Begnas will be returned to itself from the Rupa again.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 14 billion.

Published on January 12th, Friday, 2018 11:36 AM

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