Seti River

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    In Context

    • India is to  develop two hydropower projects in Nepal, namely the West Seti Hydropower Project and the Seti River Hydropower Project.

    About the Project

    • The MoU was signed between Investment Board Nepal and National Hydro Power Corporation Ltd(India) to develop the 1200 MW project.
    • Benefits: The projects will  produce power all year round. Through its national grid, India will receive the power, either for its own use or for export.
    • Background: In 2017, China Three Gorges International Corporation set up a joint venture to develop the project. It withdrew from the project in 2018.

    River Seti 

    • The Seti Gandaki River is also known as the Seti River or the Seti Khola.
    • The Seti river is a river of western Nepal.
    • It originates from the glaciers around the twin peaks of Api and Nampa in the south facing slopes of the main Himalayas. The area is near the tri junction of the borders of Nepal, India (Uttarakhand), and China.
    • The river finally joins the Karnali or Ghagra River (which is Nepal’s longest river).

    Power projects between India and Nepal

    • Nepal has an estimated 83,000 MW power generation potential. 
    • India’s collaboration with Nepal started in 2013 with two Indian companies – Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) and GMR Energy – obtaining approval for the development of 900 MW projects in Nepal. 
    • Earlier, India and Nepal signed a deal to build a 695-megawatt hydroelectric power project named Arun IV  jointly built on the Arun River in Nepal.

    Source:BS