Lack of budget and delays in maintenance and repair work has meant that hydropower plants operated by the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) are running below their installed capacity ratings.

The Ministry of Energy in Nepal (MOEN) said in a report that corrosion of electro-mechanical parts, sedimentation, delay in repairing generators, and a lack of spare parts have affected the NEA-run plants.

The report says that $62m is needed to fix the problems. Kedar Sanjel, board member of NEA, said if the government provided that sum, an additional 350 MW could be added to the national grid.

NEA operates 19 plants with a combined installed capacity of 370 MW. The report says that Kali Gandaki A (144 MW), Middle Marshyangdi (70 MW) and Marshyangdi (69 MW) are facing problems due to delays in repair and maintenance work. Kali Gandaki is currently operating at 80 MW, and Marshyangdi at 45 MW.

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