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January 2021: HPP Sanjen Khola, Nepal - Contract for supply of Pelton units in Nepal


ANDRITZ has received an order for the Sanjen Khola hydropower plant, located in Bagmati District Rasuwa City, North of Katmandu, North Central of Nepal on Dec. 18th, 2020 in Zhengzhou, China. The scope includes the supply of three 26 MW Pelton turbines and governors. Currently, Sanjen Khola is the second hydropower constructed by our client in Nepal.

Under the context of the Belt and Road Initiative, the project was facilitated by the new bilateral partnership between Nepal and China. This project is part of the China–Nepal Economic Corridor's, Road and Belt program. The EPC contract was signed between China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) and Sinohydro Bureau No.11(SH. No.11) already in 2018. ANDRITZ has now signed the contract for the supply of three 26 MW Pelton turbines and governors, operating with a water head of 952 m. Commissioning and start of commercial operation is scheduled for July 2023.

The order is an important further step to intensify our cooperation with Sinohydro and to consolidate our market leadership in Pelton turbine technology.

The project is developed by CHEC with BOOT mode in four years’ construction duration and thirty years’ operation cycle. The hydropower plant will be developed as a run-of-river power station with a normal water storage level of 3,391 m and a total installed capacity of 78 MW. Average annual electricity production is 412.7 GWh. After completion, Sanjen Khola will greatly address the long-standing issue of power shortage and improve the living standard of people in Nepal.

ANDRITZ has supplied more than 1,300 Pelton turbines with a total capacity of approx. 65,000 MW worldwide. Award of this contract is further proof of ANDRITZ’s leading position for Pelton technology in the important region of Asia.

Technical Details:

Total output: 78 MW
Scope output: 3 x 26 MW
Head: 952 m
Speed: 750 rpm
Runner diameter: 1,710 mm


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