Budget

Location

Nestled in Mount Everest Sagarmāthā National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979, Gorak Shep is reached only by a strenuous six-day hike from the trailhead and nearest airport. All supplies, food, and fuel must be carried on yaks or porters. There are no electrical, sanitation and water supply systems and all human waste from Everest Base Camp and surrounding base camps is dumped here, untreated, into open pits.

Project Budget

All Monetary Figures in US dollars :


1. How Much Will It Cost To Build The Biogas Project? $549,440.00

 

Construction Costs  
Solar Array Material Only $23,800.00
Batteries Material Only $32,950.00
Solar Array and Batteries Labor and Transportation $30,250.00
Digester $40,650.00
Building and Septic $390,690.00
SUBTOTAL $518,340.00
Miscellaneous @ 6% $31,100.00
TOTAL $549,440.00

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2. How Much Will It Cost To Operate The Biogas Project?

 

A. Initial operations and maintenance: For the first 2 years, before handover to the Nepal Government: $82,000.00

Salary and living expenses for 3 Nepali operators to run the biogas system: $600 per month per person

$21,600.00

Consulting consortium expenses to support the operators consisting of members from:

Biogas Project personnel: Trip expenses to Gorak Shep.

No Salary
3 trips/yr X $2,850/trip $8,550.00
Seattle University personnel No Salary.
2 trips/yr X $2,850/trip $5,700.00
Kathmandu University personnel: Trip expenses to Gorak Shep No Salary
3 trips/yr X $1,150/trip $3,450.00
Biogas Sector Partnership-Nepal personnel: Trip expenses and salary to Gorak Shep  
1 trip/yr X $1,700/trip $1,700.00
Total 1 year cost: initial operations and maintenance:  $41,000.00
For the first 2 years, before handover to the Nepal Government $82,000.00 for the first 2 years.
B. After The Project is Completed and Tested, It Will Be Handed Over To The Local Nepalese Government and They Will Run It.  
Annual Cost to Run the Project:  $34,700.00 per year.
Salary and living expenses for 3 Nepali operators to run the biogas system: $600 per month per person x 3 operators x 1 yr: $21,600.00
Nepal Government staff person, technically trained in Everest Biogas technology, based in Namche. $6750.00 per year
Estimated equipment maintenance and operations budget: $5200.00 per year
Annual Consulting Consortium costs to support the operators: $1150.00 per year
Total per year to operate the project $34,700.00