Upper Trishuli-1 Hydropower Project (MIGA-13516)

  • Nepal
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Mar 14, 2019
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Korea South-East Power Co. Ltd, Daelim Industrial Co. Ltd, Kyeryong Construction Industrial Co., Ltd
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • Energy
  • Hydropower
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 150.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ MIGA website

Updated in EWS Oct 22, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Nov 26, 2018

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Project Description

According to the bank website, "the investors have applied for MIGA guarantees of up to US$150 million for a period of up to 15 years against the risk of breach of contract...The Project consists of construction, operation, and maintenance of a 216 megawatt run-of-river hydropower plant on the Upper Trishuli river in Nepal, owned by a special purpose vehicle, Nepal Water & Energy Development Company Pvt. Ltd. The Project will sell power to Nepal Electricity Authority, the national utility, for domestic supply under a 30-year power purchase agreement ("PPA"). The Project will be developed on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer ("BOOT") basis under a 35-year concession agreement (Project Development Agreement or "PDA") with the Government of Nepal represented by the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation.

The Project is of strategic national importance and will be the largest Foreign Direct Investment ("FDI") in Nepal to date, increasing the country's domestic power supply by approximately 20% compared to today's levels and providing about 40% of its expected 1,456 GWh of net annual output during the dry season, which includes the peak winter demand months. The Project's expected commissioning date is March 2024."

Investment Description
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - DAELIM Industrial Co. Ltd Client -
- - - - Korea South-East Power Co. Ltd Client -
- - - - Kyeryong Construction Industrial Co., Ltd Client -

Contact Information

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