Kaligandaki Storage Hydropower Project is a multipurpose project located in the west central Nepal that will generate hydropower from water stored after constructing a dam of at least 200 m height. The project is located in Syangja, Parbat, Baglung and Gulmi districts of Gandaki and Lumbini provinces.
Joint venture of SMEC International Pty Ltd. (Australia) and Jade Consult Pvt. Ltd. (Nepal) is carrying out feasibility study and environmental impact assessment of the project. The study will identify the most attractive project development arrangement at the lower reach of Kaligandaki River within the licenced boundary. It will also evaluate the opportunity for multipurpose use of the reservoir water for fishery, irrigation, tourism, navigation and water supply scheme.
During the initial phase of study, the Consultant investigated the Kaligandaki river valley from downstream at Setibeni, to the elevation of the full supply level proposed reservoir in the upstream of Modibeni. The Consultant identified seven possible dam locations in the project area and carried out preliminary investigation and screening based on topography, geology, power and energy, dam height, etc. to find out the most promising project development options to be recommended for further studies.
Despite various travel and other restrictions due to coronavirus pandemic, the Consultant is able to carry out topographical and bathymetric survey, surface geological mapping and study, and establishment of hydrological and meteorological stations for the study of the project.
The surface geological mapping and analysis has already been completed. The project is located in the Lesser Himalayan metasediments zone of the western Central Nepal. The rocks of this region between Baglung and Setibeni are classified into the Lower Nawakot Group, Upper Nawakot Group, and Sirkot Group. There is also a thin and discontinuous succession of the Tansen Group.
I will be involved in planning, execution and supervision of geophysical, geotechnical and construction material survey and analysis for this project.