The South Korean government has pledged to assist Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) with the construction of the 30MW Chameliya hydroelectric power project in western Nepal, officials revealed yesterday.

Chameliya hydroelectric plant will be built at the Chameliya river, a tributary of the Mahakali river. It is a run-of-river plant that will lie about 900km west of Kathmandu in the Darchula district of Far Western Development Region.

The project will feature a 54m high concrete gravity dam with two 13.5m high radial gates and a semi-underground power house with two units of 15MW vertical shaft Francis turbines, according to officials.

The estimated cost of the Chameliya project is US$75M, which includes a 131km long, 132kV transmission line. It is expected to generate 184.21GWh/yr.