Bangladesh wants to invest in Nepal hydropower project

The government wants to invest in Nepal’s hydropower project - Sunkoshi III, Bangladesh's Ambassador to Nepal Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury has said.

He made the statement at a program during a field observation of the proposed project site in Ramechhap on Friday.

The reservoir-based project, which will have a capacity of 683MW, is set to be developed in Lubughat of Khadadevi, reports The Himalayan Times.

The envoy was accompanied by Nepal Electricity Authority's (NEA) Executive Director Kulman Ghising along with other officials of the Energy Ministry during a site inspection of the project’s dam and powerhouse.

NEA Executive Director Ghising said: "We've had talks with the Bangladesh government to start the project and we will soon have a team of technicians from the country here.”

Ghising also added Nepal is planning to include India in the project as well.

Meanwhile, Nepal’s Electricity Development Department General Director Sanjeev Dev said the study of the hydropower project had reached the final phase.

As per the plan, the hydropower project is set to have its dam at Lubhughat in the Sunkoshi River at the confluence of Ramechhap and Kavre.

The dam will be 160 metres wide and 180 metres high. Water from the dam will be channelled through 2.4metre-long tunnels to the production house at Kavre.