Dhangadhi: The Indian company National Hydro Electric Power Corporation (NHPC) has taken significant steps in advancing the development of the Paschim Seti hydropower project, specifically the construction of the West Seti with a capacity of 750 MW. On Friday, NHPC initiated the global tender process, marking a crucial phase in the project's progression.
The tender announcement includes the selection process for the Independent Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (IEA) of the project's transmission line. Companies worldwide are invited to submit their applications within the next 35 days. Additionally, NHPC has opened tenders for the study of the dam area and the impact assessment of the river's affected area.
Last year, on Ashoj 2, 2079 BS, an agreement was reached between the board and NHPC, outlining the submission of a permit application within 45 days. NHPC duly submitted the permit application on 11 Ashoj 2079, and the study permit was granted in October of the same year. The agreement stipulates a two-year timeframe for submitting the study report and progressing with the construction process. As part of the process, the company is required to provide an investment guarantee.
The Paschim Seti project, designed to be implemented under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model, has been prioritized by the government. Initially estimated at 1.65 kharba rupees, the project is poised to contribute significantly to the region's energy landscape.
The study permit was awarded to NHPC two years after the termination of the contract with the Chinese company Three Gorges. The Paschim Seti project has experienced various challenges over the years, with the Australian company Smack leading the construction 24 years ago. However, after multiple license renewals and a lack of progress, the government eventually canceled the license.