West Seti power project
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India will take over the ambitious hydroelectric project in Nepal nearly four years after China pulled out of the West Seti project.
The Government of Nepal has decided to hand over the West Seti Hydropower Project and 308 MW SR6 Storage Hydroelectric Project to India's National Hydro Power Company Limited (NHPC).
West Seti hydropower project
West Seti is a 750MW hydro power project.
It is planned to start this project on Paschim Seti river/basin in Nepal.
Specifically, it is a storage project designed to produce and export large amounts of electrical energy to India.
The project is envisaged to provide 31.9% of electricity to Nepal free of cost.
No work has progressed on this for the last six decades.
The project was earlier awarded to a Chinese company.
China's Three Gorges Corporation informed the Nepal government in August 2018 that it would not be able to execute the 750 MW West Seti hydroelectric project.
India -Nepal Power Relations
Nepal is rich in power sources with approximately 6,000 rivers and an estimated capacity of 83,000 MW.
India has formally approached Nepal on several occasions.
India is seen as a viable market for Nepal, but there remains some uncertainty in Nepal over India's inability to complete projects on time.
India has expressed its intention to use the major rivers in the north.
An ambitious Mahakali treaty was signed in 1996 to generate 6,480 MW, but India is yet to submit a detailed project report.
West Seti has the potential to become a defining model for Nepal-India power relations in the future.
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