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NEA MD Ghising urges dev partners for more energy aid

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has urged the international development partners including Switzerland, the United Kingdom, America, European Union, World Bank and Asian Development Bank — to increase assistance in the energy section of Nepal.

Swiss Ambassador Danielle Meuwly, World Bank Country Director for Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka Faris Hadad Zervos, Sarosh Khan, the head of the Portfolio Management Unit at the ADB offices in Kathmandu, European Union, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other representatives of development partners conducted a field visit to the 220 KV new Butwal Substation located in Sunwal Municipality-13 Suryawasti in Nawalparasi (Bardghat Susta West)  on Thursday and Friday.

A new Butwal substation has been constructed under the Kaligandaki Corridor 220 KV transmission line project with the investment of the Nepal Government and the Authority and concessional loan from ADB.

The NEA has asked the team to augment the financial aid in the energy sector during their visit. Appreciating the achievements in Nepal’s energy sector, the team pledged to increase investment, the Authority has said.

While briefing the diplomats on hydropower production, transmission and distribution situation in Nepal, and electricity with India and Bangladesh, Kulman Ghising, the managing director of the Authority, said that more than 12 to 13 billion USD investment is needed in the next five to six years.

 

“In order to increase electricity production and bolster the system, we need more than 6 billion dollars for electricity generation, 5 billion for transmission and 2 billion for distribution,” MD Ghising said, “Our priority is to increase the consumption of electricity in the country. The surplus of electricity will only be sold to neighboring countries. For this, a large investment is required for the expansion of the infrastructure. I request the development partners to increase the investment.”

Faris Hadad Zervos, the country director for Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka of the World Bank, said that the issue of investing in the 1063 MW Upper Arun Hydropower Project under the leadership of the Bank has reached its final stage.

Sarosh Khan, the head of the Portfolio Management Unit at the ADB offices in Kathmandu, mentioned that they have been partnering with Nepal in its energy sector for the past 50 years, and added that they are working to arrange the finances for the 635 MW Dudhkoshi reservoir hydroelectric project under the leadership of the bank by 2024.

The team visited the control room of the substation and took stock of power transmission and distribution. Kaligandaki Corridor 220 KV double circuit transmission line and three substations have been constructed to integrate the power of the hydropower projects to be built in Kaligandaki and its tributaries into the national system.

Under the Kaligandaki Corridor 220 KV double circuit transmission line project, about 130 km of double circuit transmission line has been constructed starting from Annapurna Rural Municipality-3, Dana substation in Myagdi and passing through Parbat, Baglung, Syangja, Palpa, Rupandehi to the new Butwal substation in Nawalparasi (Bardghat Susta West).

The transmission line can carry about 2,000 megawatts of electricity.

A new Butwal-Gorakhpur 400 KV second inter-country transmission line is also being constructed for electricity trade with India. The surplus electricity will be supplied to India through the same transmission line, Ghising said.

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