The Arun IV project will be jointly built on the Arun River in Nepal's east by India's Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) Ltd and Nepal's state-owned Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) owing 51 per cent and 49 per cent of equity respectively, NEA spokesperson Suresh Bahadur Bhattarai said.

"Nepal will get 152 megawatt of free electricity from the plant for its consumption and the rest will be split between the two on the 51 per cent and 49 per cent basis," Bhattarai told Reuters without giving further details.

"Cost of the project is being worked out and whatever it comes will be shared as per the above ratio."

The power plant agreement is among six deals concluded between India and Nepal during the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's fifth visit to the Himalayan nation on Monday, India's ministry of external affairs said in a statement.

During the visit Modi met his Nepali counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba and took part in a Buddhist ceremony to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha at Lumbini in southwest Nepal.

Indian companies are negotiating with the government for power plants that would produce a total of 8,250 MW and Nepal hopes to export excess energy to India, officials said.

Nepal has the potential to produce 42,000 MW of hydropower but now generates about 1,200 MW -- less than demand of about 1,750 MW. The deficit is met by imports from India.

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