The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has synchronised the first unit of the 30 MW Chameliya hydropower project with the national grid. The project, which comprises two units of 15 MW each, is located in the Mahakali zone of Darchula district. The project has been jointly funded by South Korea’s Economic Development and Cooperation Fund and the Nepal Government. It was initially slated for completion in 2011, but faced delays due to contract disputes, political unrest and geo-technical issues, which led to cost overruns of Rs 226 million. The NEA is planning to commission the second unit after the successful testing of the first unit.