RASUWA, May 5: Final study for the construction of a 400 kV Nepal-China cross-border transmission line has started here Sunday. The final stage of the study includes tower spotting and designing of Chilime hub sub-station.
The tower-spotting process is the study of the spot where the pylons would be erected, their geographic locations, heights and pylon angles among other specifications. The layout expenses and other factors relating to the sub-station will also be studied.
The Ratmate (Galchhi)-Rasuwagadhi-Kerung Transmission Line Project has claimed that the report of the study will be submitted by June 27. Project chief Komalnath Atreya informed Republica that the environmental impact assessment work has also been started. The draft report of the feasibility study of the project was submitted to the authorities on March 17.
It has been decided that the project will pass through the Langtang National Park. “Since the proposed railroad project will pass through the national park, we also decided to lay the transmission line through the national park,” he said.
The 400 kV transmission line will have a total of 112 pylons.
The government’s policy and program for the upcoming fiscal year 2019/20, which was unveiled by President Bidya Bhandari on Friday had said the project is a government priority. As per the plan, the project will be completed in six years.
On the Nepali side, there will be a substation at Ratmate, which is about 70 kilometers from the Chinese border, while the Chinese side will have its substation at Jilong county. The project development unit of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is currently working on the Nepali portion of the transmission line.
Atreya said that an agreement has been reached between the NEA and the State Grid of China to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) once the ongoing study is complete.