Prime Minister recognizes Tractebel’s contribution to Nepal’s largest hydropower plant

Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba honoured the work of our experts with a certificate of appreciation for the successful construction of the Upper Tamakoshi hydropower project.

On March 19, 2022, Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba visited the Dolakha region to inaugurate the new 220 KV Khimti substation. Khimti is an important part of the country’s largest national hydropower project, Upper Tamakoshi. The hydropower plant, with a capacity of 456 MW, went into operation in late 2021. The power generated by the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project (UTKHEP) will be connected to the new substation via a 47-km, 220-KV double-circuit line from Gongar to New Khimti. It is the second largest of its kind in Nepal.

The Prime Minister took the opportunity to thank the UTKHEP project participants for their efforts. He presented the certificate of appreciation during a ceremony at the project office site of operator Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Limited (UTKHPL) in Gonghar. Our branch manager and representative of the Norconsult-Lahmeyer joint venture, Carsten Guntermann, gratefully accepted the award.

Himalayan power plant adds 456 MW of green energy to Nepal’s grid

The Upper Tamakoshi Hydroelectric Project (UTKHEP) is a milestone in Nepal’s energy transition. The power plant is located in a remote region of the upper Himalayas in the catchment area of the Tamakoshi River, about six kilometers from the border with Tibet. Its renewable energy will improve living conditions and promote the country’s economic development.

Since 2011, our hydropower experts have been responsible for the execution planning and construction management of the project, in cooperation with our partners. Our experts were involved in both supervision and planning as well as construction contract management. They reviewed the transmission line design and controlled the construction works for all structures.

“It was an honour for us to receive the certificate of appreciation from Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on behalf of the joint venture. It symbolizes the recognition of our achievements and is dedicated to all our Tractebel colleagues who made outstanding contributions to the completion of the UTKHEP”, said Carsten Guntermann, Tractebel’s Nepal Branch Manager.