Phukot Karnali Hydro Electric Project

Current Affairs

  • NHPC Limited (A Govt. of India Enterprise) and Vidhyut Utpadan Company Limited (VUCL), Nepal signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) in New Delhi today for development of Phukot Karnali Hydro Electric Project (480MW) in Nepal. 
  • The MoU was signed in the presence of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Nepal Shri Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.
  • The Phukot Karnali Hydro Electric Project is expected to have an installed capacity of 480 MW.
  • This substantial capacity will enable the generation of approximately 2,448 GWh of electricity annually.
  • The project aims to leverage the flow of the Karnali River to harness hydroelectric power and contribute to the energy needs of the region.
  • The Phukot Karnali project encompasses several key features that are essential for its successful operation. These include a 109-metre-high RCC dam, an underground powerhouse, and the installation of 6 turbines, each with a capacity of 79 MW.
  • Additionally, the project plans to include a Surface Power House with a capacity of 6 MW, utilizing minimum environmental release and comprising two machines of 3 MW each.

Other Hydropower project betwwen India and Nepal:-

  • Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project: on Mahakali River.
  • Lower Arun Hydroelectric Project : on Arun River (tributary of Koshi River)

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