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The Nepal Electricity Authority began the "wet test" of the Kali Gandaki hydroelectricity project last week. The project, after being delayed by over a year, is finally ready to come on line and is expected to generate enough power to meet Nepal's electricity demand for the another three to four years. The plan is to test each one of the three 48-megawatt generators one after the other before switching the turbines to produce 842 gigawatts-hours of power annually. The project will also have pondage capacity, which means it can store water to run the turbines at peak capacity for six-hours even in the dry season. Leaks in the tunnel during testing and problems with erection of 12 pylons on the northern transmission line near Pokhara are threatening more delays. The project uses water from the Kali Gandaki diverted at Mirmi in Syangja district through a six km long, 8 m wide tunnel to the semi-underground power house at Beltari.


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