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Completion of 25MW Upper Madi Hydropower

The 25-MW Upper Madi hydropower project, owned jointly by a China-Nepal venture, started generating power in Kaski district in western Nepal, on Dec. 30.

Nepal’s Energy Minister, Janardan Sharma, inaugurated the plant and according to published reports said the development of hydropower projects with the participation of the private sector is helping reduce load shedding in the country.

China International Water & Electric Co. (CWE) financed the project under the build, own, operate and transfer model together with Nepalese investor Bijay Babu Malla.

CWE, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Three Gorges Corp. (CTG), is also developing the 750-MW West Seti hydropower project in Nepal.

The project based in Sildujure and Namarjun of Kaski was jointly developed by China International Water and Electric Corporation and Madi Hydropower Company of Nepal. It was supposed to be completed in April this year, but was delayed due to various factors including floods, landslides and earthquake.