KATHMANDU, The main tunnel of the under-construction 73 Mw Madhya Tamor Hydropower Project on the Tamor River in Taplejung has been completed. The 3.7 km long tunnel of the project being constructed by Sanima Middle Tamor Hydro Power Company, a subsidiary of Sanima Hydro Group, has been completed.
Maniraj Pokharel, the project coordinator, said that the main tunnel was crossed at 11 pm last Friday (June 31). The main and challenging work of the project is the construction of the tunnel. We have finished digging the main tunnel of our project,” he said. “We consider it a great success.” He also said that 67 percent of the construction of the civil project has been completed.
He said that 90 percent of the work in the dam area has been completed. About 70 percent of the civil tarp work has been completed in the power plant. Hydromechanical and electromechanical work is yet to be done. The company said that some of the hydromechanical equipment has been imported and the rest is about to be imported.
The project is expected to be completed in the next 13 months. It is estimated that about 13 billion rupees will be spent to complete the project. 8 banks namely Nepal Investment, Krishi Bikas, Siddarth, and Lakshmi have invested in the project. Commercial banks have invested 9.5 billion rupees. After the construction of the project is completed and operational, the electricity produced will be connected to the national transmission system through the Dhungesanghu substation of the 220 kV Kosi Corridor transmission line.
The promoter company of the project is constructing a 9 km long transmission line up to Dhungesanghu. 24 towers will be built under the transmission line. Pokharel informed that the foundations of all the towers to be built along the route of the transmission line have been dug. He said that 3 towers have also been erected. With the investment of Sanima Group, the 28.1 megawatts lower Likhu and 14.3-megawatt upper Mailing projects are also under construction. 95 percent of which has been completed. Projects including 22 Mw Sanima Mai, 7 Mw Mai Cascade, and 2.6 Mw Sunkosi Sana have been completed and are in operation.