Khimti Hydropower Project - Hydropower in Nepal
Statkraft has one asset in Nepal through the Himal Power Company in partnership with BKK and Butwal Power Company, Nepal. Social programs form a key component to the successful operation and good relations with neighbouring communities, and this commitment was further manifested during the tragic events of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in April 2015.
- Ownership: Statkraft 50.4%
- Capacity: 60 MW (378 GWh) D
- evelopment phase: Operation since 2000
A number of successful programs have been initiated over the past 15 years and are now being handed over to communities and local officials in preparation for the relinquishing of 50% ownership to the Nepali Electricity Authority (NEA) as per the Power Purchase Agreement. This will bring to a conclusion a number of support programs and activities, but not without ensuring sustainability.
- Community Self-Development Program: contribution and supervision of implementation of small-scale infrastructure projects, such as rural roads, water supply and irrigation systems, undertaken by communities. This program will continue but with gradually reduced financial support.
- Khimti Rural Electric Cooperative: support for the construction of two micro-hydro projects (1035 kW) and a rural distribution system covering 9,500 households in the region. Institutional support for setting up a cooperative that now has an agreement with the national utility and is self-sufficient through the collection of fees and sale of electricity.
- Khimti School: Project established a school for worker’s families and local communities during construction and has continued to support education through scholarships, educational materials and administrative costs. The company is still involved and providing support but in a much reduced capacity as fees now cover about 50% of costs.
- Khimti Health Centre: Established to provide healthcare for the wider population and contribute to improved health standards. Statkraft has also supported a mobile health clinic which has also provided services in the region. Dhulikhel hospital is now in the process of taking over responsibility for the health centre.
Only minor damage was reported at the Khimti plant, confirming the quality of the engineering and construction work. The power plant was able to resume production shortly after inspections, thus being the main source of electricity for the capital after the earthquake. However, many of the communities in the vicinity of the project suffered greatly, with collapsed houses and damaged infrastructure and services. The owners of Himal Power Company organized immediate emergency relief and shipped in essentials, such as tarpaulins, blankets and food to those who had lost houses and were living in the open. A Post-Disaster Needs Assessment was conducted to identify areas of additional assistance to be funded by the Project which included restoration of houses and key community infrastructure, such as schools, irrigation channels and roads.