Gyanendra Pradhan is the Patron and Chief Strategist of Hydro Solutions Ltd. (HSL), a company that was inaugurated in July 2007 by Andre Boulanger, President of the biggest hydropower company - Hydro Quebec Distribution (40,000 MW).
When Pradhan lists down the plans and strategies of HSL
, it may sound as if he
is recounting a fairy tale.
says that it's not fairy tale.
company is really into something that is totally revolutionary!
"Our policy makers in the hydro sector, thus far, have repeatedly made the same mistake, hence the mounting serious problems of power shortage in each successive phase," he
says, noting that when the first phase of power shortage was faced, the duration of load shedding was just one or two hours per day.
That was solved with the construction of the Kulekhani project.
To solve the problems related to the hydropower sector, Pradhan
friends have set up Hydro Solutions
and the plans of the company are simply unbelievable, to say the least.
Though the company is just six months old, the response it has received so far is quite exciting and overwhelming, says Pradhan
One of them is the Kali Gandaki, which is to have its power house located below the tail race of Kali Gandaki A. Though the power production capacity of this project is presently estimated to be 93 MW only, Pradhan
says that there is a possibility of the capacity going up to 200 MW.
Next is the Kali Gandaki Gorge, which is likely to produce 225 MW and, according to Pradhan
, it may come up earlier than Tamakoshi that Nepal Electricity Authority is planning to construct on its own.