Kabeli-A is a 37.6 MW hydroelectric power project on the Kabeli River in the east of Nepal. The project developer is Kabeli Energy Ltd (KEL), which was established in 2010 as a special-purpose company for the development of the project.
The assessment was carried out in July and September 2014 using the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol. The Protocol assesses 20 topics and assigns scores for each between 1 and 5, with 5 representing Proven Best Practice and 3 representing Basic Good Practice.
The project generally demonstrates very high standards in its sustainability management, with all topics scoring at the level of basic good practice or higher. Kabeli-A meets or exceeds basic good practice (a score of 3) for all the 22 topics assessed. Project development has benefited greatly from the support of the IFC and the World Bank. In applying the IFC’s Performance Standards on Environmental and Social Sustainability and the Safeguards of the World Bank, the project has been planned according to international standards for all sustainability aspects, social, economic, environmental as well as in terms of safety and technical quality. An impressive set of management plans are under development, and if these are completed in time for construction, and their compliance/conformance, monitoring and follow-up is implemented in a satisfactory manner, the project will likely meet at least basic good practice for all sustainability topics of the Implementation and Operation tools of the Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Protocol, throughout its construction and operation.