KATHMANDU, Sept 20: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has taken initiative to ensure early completion of the ongoing transmission and distribution lines and substation projects in order to ensure availability of the required amount of electricity to the big industries as a part of its plan to increase power consumption.
The NEA has put forward a plan to increase the consumption as the industrialists are not able to receive electricity as per their demand. The NEA has surplus electricity that has caused a huge financial loss.
After the industrialists complained that they did not get enough electricity, Managing Director of NEA, Kulman Ghising visited Hetauda, Simara, Birgunj, Bharatpur, Parasi and Bhairahawa Industrial Corridor on Saturday and Sunday. He got information about the condition of transmission and distribution lines and substations that are under construction.
“On the one hand, millions of rupees are being wasted on a daily basis as we are not able to consume the electricity produced in the country, while on the other hand, we are not able to supply the required amount of electricity to the industries due to lack of infrastructure. We want to end this problem,” said Ghising.
“After the completion of the projects that are under construction, the industries can be supplied with electricity as per their demand. The general consumers will get quality and reliable electricity. Similarly, leakage will be reduced and transmission capacity will be strengthened,” he added.
A 132-33 KV substation is under construction to supply electricity to industries operating in Napalparasi. The construction of the substation is expected to be completed within the next four months. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese technicians have not been able to arrive in Nepal to test the substations. Once the substation comes into operation, an additional 90MW power will be supplied to these industries.