GSEP unites major actors in Nepal to foster hydropower development

January 16, 2019

This week, more than 70 local and international experts and government delegates came together in Kathmandu, Nepal at a GSEP skill-building workshop on hydropower generation development. The workshop was organized in partnership with the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), the Nepalese Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation (MoEWRI), and GSEP member companies Kansai Electric Power, EDF and Hydro-Québec. Participants shared experiences and lessons learned from other hydropower projects, with the purpose of assisting local project developers in identifying actions that will facilitate the development of hydropower projects in the country.

The Himalayan region has considerable hydropower potential that has not been fully exploited. Nepal is blessed with significant hydropower resources that have been estimated to be around 84,000 MW, of which 43,000 MW have been identified as economically viable. Although Nepal suffers from regular energy shortages, the available hydropower resources could provide a large surplus if strategically developed.

"This workshop will fill the knowledge gap by bringing together experts with decision makers and practitioners to build skills in the sustainable electricity sector. This workshop will provide not only essential knowledge, but also a great opportunity to share experiences on both technical and regulatory issues," said Purushotam Acharya, Deputy Director General, MoEWRI.

World-class hydropower experts from GSEP member companies shared lessons learned from hydropower projects that they have developed in the region. Yoshiyuki Sugita, Manager, Strategy and Cooperation Group, International Business and Cooperation Division at Kansai Electric mentioned, “It is important for Kansai Electric to share not only our experience and lessons learned in the implementation of hydropower projects in the region, such as the Nam Ngiep 1 HPP project in Laos, but also additional practical tools in the development and management of hydropower plants. We hope that this workshop will assist the Nepalese government and project developers to successfully capitalize on the country’s vast hydropower potential.”

“We are happy to share our experience in the development of hydropower projects in Asia, such as our Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project in Laos, and the best practices in feasibility studies and due diligence approaches that have permitted us to successfully select and complete such projects," said Florent Perrot, Chief Operating Officer of the Nam Theun 2 Power Company Limited. EDF is a major shareholder in the company. 

The workshop was also an opportunity for GSEP members to share international best practices on hydropower plant construction, management and maintenance, as well as their latest research findings in the field.

Patrick Judge, Business Development Director – Innovation Solutions, Hydro-Québec, noted that the company's, "Leadership in hydropower development and our latest research in the field allows us to share different experiences and lessons learned with our Nepalese counterparts that will hopefully help the country further develop its hydropower potential.”

The workshop is part of GSEP’s long-standing commitment to promote sustainable electrification around the world.