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BPC received the survey license of Mugu Karnali Hydropower Project (MKHPP) in 2074, at the estimated project capacity of 160 MW. The project license boundary lies in Soru Rural Municipality of Mugu District and Adanchuli Rural Municipality of Humla District of Karnali Pradesh. The nearest road-head to this project is a gravel road from Gamgadhi, Mugu, Nepal. The project area is currently accessible via an under-construction road. As of now, a motorable road is being constructed along the left bank of Mugu Karnali River, which is used as the access road for the project. Gamgadhi, the Mugu district headquarters, which is 316 km from Birendranagar, Surkhet, can be accessed by motorable gravel road.

The detailed feasibility and EIA studies are ongoing. The topographic survey, geotechnical investigations, and geological mapping have been completed. The hydrological data collection by means of direct flow measurement and gauge reading is underway. Likewise, sediment sample collection and analysis is ongoing. The feasibility study has been completed, and project capacity has been fixed at 174 MW.

License boundary of the Project has overlapped with the license boundary of Mugu Karnali Storage Hydropower Project, which is owned by Vidhyut Utpadan Company Limited (VUCL). The survey license was issued to VUCL by overlapping the area with a view to carry out feasibility study by BPC and VUCL. The application for amendment of project capacity in survey license was submitted to MOEWRI and the approval is pending due to the license overlapping issue. The ToR/Scoping for EIA could not be carried out due to lack of project capacity approval. The salient features given below are based on the findings of feasibility study.

Mugu Karnali HEP 159

Fact Sheet

Project Location

Soru Rural Municipality of Mugu District and Adanchuli Rural Municipality of Humla District, Karnali Pradesh, Nepal

Project Type

Peaking Run-of River

Installed Capacity

174 MW

Annual Energy Generation

994 GWh

Design Discharge

81.25 m3 /s at 40% PoE

Gross Head

263 m

Head Race Tunnel

14 km

Power Evacuation

Proposed Mugu-Karnali Hub