Generation Operation and Maintenance Business Group
Generation Operation and Maintenance Group is responsible for daily operation and maintenance of existi ng seventeen (17) hydropower stations and two (2) thermal power plants owned by NEA. This business group, headed by the General Manager, is structured with Operation and Maintenance Department: Large, Operation and Maintenance Department: Medium. This Business Group also looks after the periodic overhauling, major maintenance works and rehabilitation projects of the generating stations.
This year has been a centennial year in the history of hydropower generation started with the commissioning of Pharping Hydropower Station way back in 1911 AD. The total installed capacity of hydropower stations and thermal power plants under this business group now has reached 469.29 MW and 53.41 MW respecti vely. The total generation of this year has registered a modest growth of 0.6% over that of the previous year which is recorded at 2117.98 GWh with a share of 2114.58 GWh from hydro and 3.4 GWh from thermal. The business group has achieved the generation target by 94.22% outperforming the previous year figure of 93.72%. The run-off river (ROR) generating unit could operate at only 59.47% of its installed capacity to register a load factor of 81.71% whereas the only storage hydropower station Kulekhani-I along with its cascade Kulekhani-II has shown the aggregate load factor of 64.85%. The maximum and minimum water-levels of the Kulekhani reservoir were recorded at 1521.34 m on November 24th, 2011 and 1495.22 m on July 17th, 2011 respecti vely.
The Business Group has continued to work on the repair and maintenance activiti es, periodic overhauling and renovation, modernization and upgradation (RMU) projects in assistance with Government of Nepal and multilateral agencies. The installed capacity of Devighat Hydropower Station has been upgraded to 15 MW aft er the successful completion of RMU project carried out by BHEL. The other RMU projects in KGA, Marsyangdi and Multi-fuel Power Plant are at various stages of implementation.