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Nepal opens world's highest hydropower plant near Mt. Everest.

KATHMANDU, Nov. 4 Kyodo

Nepal has commissioned a ''micro-electric'' hydropower plant that is claimed to be the world's highest hydroelectric facility, producing 15 kilowatts of power at 4,580 meters above the sea level, reports said Tuesday.

Installed in the Dolakha district at the foot Mt. Everest, the plant uses the power of water drained from the Cho Rolpa glacial lake to generate electricity.

The drainage was put in a few years ago to prevent sudden overflows from the lake, which is high in the Himalayas.

Power is generated despite the consistently low temperatures at the plant site.

''This can also be the first test case of electric power generation from a glacial lake,'' Madan Lal Shrestha, director of the government's Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, said.

The high-altitude micro-electric plant cost more than $3 million, mainly contributed by the Netherlands.

It is expected mostly to serve foreign visitors and trekkers in the Everest region.
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