Tanahu Hydropower Project (ADB-43281-013)

  • South Asia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Nepal
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Rising, Myagde, Bhimad, and Byas municipalities, Damauli, Tanahu District
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Feb 21, 2013
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Government of Nepal
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Energy
  • Hydropower
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Potential Rights Impacts
  • Cultural Rights
  • Healthy Environment
  • Housing & Property
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Labor & Livelihood
  • Marginalized Groups
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services, Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 150.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 505.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS May 3, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Sep 25, 2012

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Project Description
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The project will construct a 140m high concrete gravity dam with a crest length of 215 m on the Seti River, a hydropower plant of 140 megawatts with water storage facilities and associated transmission lines. The dam incorporates a 4-bay gated spillway, gated water level lowering and sediment flushing openings and a small power scheme to exploit downstream environmental water releases to generate electricity. The project will create a storage reservoir some 25 (river) km long with a surface area of 7.26 km² at FSL (EL 415m) and a gross storage capacity of some 295 million m³. The dam site is located about 2 km upstream of the confluence of the Seti and Madi rivers near to Damauli Bazaar at Vyas Municipality and an underground powerhouse is located on the right bank of the Seti River in Kahu Shivapur VDC. Other components include rural electrification and community development in the project area, and a reform and restructuring plan for the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.

Japan International Cooperation Agency- US$ 184 million

European Investment Bank- US$ 70 million

Kfw Bankengruppe- US$ 33.55 million


Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Cooperativa Muratori and Cementisti (CMC) Contractor -
- - - - Kalika Group Contractor Construction
- - - - KEC International Contractor Industry and Trade
- - - - Sinohydro Corporation Contractor Hydropower
- - - - Song Da Corporation Contractor -
- - - - Tanahu Hydropower Limited Client Hydropower

Contact Information
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Executing Agencies
Ministry of Energy
P. O. Box 2768, G. P. O. Kathmandu, Kathmandu

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)
P. O. Box 5352

NepalTanahu Hydropower Limited
NEA Training Center Kharipati, Bhaktapur, Nepal


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