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Nepal, Khimti - np/12


60 MW run of river plant on Khimti Khola river being developed as a 50-year own-operate scheme under private management by licensee Himal Power Ltd, which is owned 74 % by Statkraft of Norway. Other partners are ABB Energi, Kvaerner Energy and Butwal Power Company of Nepal. Construction commenced June, 1996 but poor rock quality has caused problems accompanied by delays. However, the contractors have kept to overall schedule and startup should take place on time in 2000. More background information from www.statkraft.no April 2000. Contractor prequalification expected September, 2001 for 27 km-long tunnel to be let in two contracts by Melamchi Water Development Board as part of $400 million scheme. Tenders to be invited February, 2002 for construction start in April, 2002. One package reserved for contractors from aid donors Sweden and Norway. Details from www.adb.org 21/01.