Bhote Koshi Power Company Private Limited (BKPC) owns and operates the Upper Bhote Koshi Hydroelectric Project (UBKHEP) which is the first privately funded, run of the river hydroelectric power project in Nepal. BKPC was incorporated in 1996 under the Nepalese Company Act. Its plant is situated in Sindhupalchowk District of central Nepal and is approximately 110 kilometers northeast of Kathmandu. The UBKHEP is a 45 MW power plant with 2 turbine/generator units.
BKPC entered into a Project Agreement with the Government of Nepal in July 1996 for the development of the UBKHEP. BKPC has a 40-year license to build, own, operate and transfer the UBKHEP as per the Electricity Act, 2049 (1992).
BKPC entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) in July 1996 for the sale and purchase of energy. The PPA is valid for 25 years from the Commercial Operation Date (COD) of January 24, 2001. 50% of the Project Assets will be transferred to NEA upon maturity of PPA tenure at One Rupee only.
The shareholders of BKPC are Himal International Energy Pvt. Ltd. (HIEPL), Himal International Power Corp Pvt. Ltd. (HIPC), Tara Fund Pvt. Ltd. (TFPL) and RDC of Nepal (RDC/N). While HIEPL, HIPC and TFPL are Nepalese companies, RDC/N is a company jointly owned by two US companies: MWH International, Inc (MWH) and Harza International Development Company, LLC (Harza). Hence, BKPC is a Nepal-US joint venture company