(The Most Efficient & Reliable Power Producer of Nepal)
Khimti I is a run-of-river hydropower plant with a capacity of 60 MW and annual production of 350 Giga Watt hours. It is located in Dolakha District about 100 kilometers east of Kathmandu, and utilizes a drop from 1,270 to 586 meters above sea level in the Khimti River, a tributary of the Tama Koshi River.
The project has been in successful operation since year 2000. The key facts of the Khimti project are:
Foremost Independent Power Producer of Nepal
- Owner: Himal Power Limited (HPL is owned by Statkraft, BKK and BPC)
- The first and the largest BOOT project in Nepal
- 50 year project license till 2045
- Management and O&M responsibility with HPL for the duration of the license period.
- Total Project Cost: 142 Million US Dollar
- Installed Capacity 60 MW; Mean Annual Generation 350 GWh
- Commercial Operation Date: 11 July 2000
- Total Energy Generation since Commercial Operation (14 years) approx: 5.5 TWh
- Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)
- Highest availability plant in Nepal
HPL: Foremost in Rural Development
- Electrified more than 8,000 households
- Constructed two mini hydropower plants of 635 kW and 400kW and handed over to community
- Established over 50 small and medium enterprises
- Supported over 30 local schools
- Funding an English medium school at Kirne – Khimti Project School
- Provides medical treatment over 15,000 locals per year
- Irrigation and drinking water support to wide areas
- Formed Khimti Rural Electric Cooperative (KREC)
Khimti I was built and is operated with minimal environmental impact. The plant complies with the stringent health, safety and environmental standards set by the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank. The project provided considerable employment opportunities and extensive knowledge transfer to the local population during the construction phase. The plant continues to do so during operation. Current community development programme includes rural electrification, irrigation and drinking water projects, and support of local schools and the Dhulikhel Hospital’s Kirnetar Health Center.