KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) hopes to add 185 MW of electricity to the national grid in the current fiscal year. This amount of electricity is likely to be added to the national transmission grid as various projects being constructed by private producers are in the final phase.
During the last fiscal year, only 30.97 MW of electricity was added to the national grid. With the construction of the 14 MW Kulekhani- III Project by the Nepal Electricity Authority, 30 MW Chameliya Hydropower, 60 MW Upper Marsyangdi -3 'A' and of 32 MW Rahughat Hydropower are under construction at present.
"On an average 50 to 100 MW of electricity produced by private producers is added to the national grid every year which has helped to reduce load shedding hours. However, the projects still look difficult to be completed within this year," says an official at the Ministry of Energy.
NEA has predicted that the demand of electricity is going to rise to up to 1,423 MW this winter. But with the delay in construction process and the internal production of only 200 MW along with the import of 600 MW of electricity from India is still insufficient to reduce the load shedding to 7 hours per day, as per the plan, according to the officials of NEA.