August 19, 2019 04:00 AM NPT
KATHMANDU, Aug 19: Nepal Electricity Authority, the state power authority of Nepal, celebrated its 34th anniversary on Sunday in Kathmandu.
"We have been taking up new challenges every year. We are planning to bring down electricity leakage to 14 percent by next year,” said Kulman Ghising, managing director of NEA.
Electricity leakage was decreased to 15.32 percent in the last Fiscal Year 2018/19 from 25.78 percent of the previous year. "We have been achieving more than the target every year," said Ghising.
On the occasion, Ghising presented the annual report of NEA for the FY 2018/2019.
In the last FY, 38 incomplete projects including Kaveli corridor were completed. "Chameliya Hydropower plant of 30 MW and Trisuli 3A of 60 MW has come into operation. Also, the construction of Kulekhani III hydropower plant has been completed, which has already come into operation," he said.
The total consumers of the NEA had increased by 9.38 percent in last fiscal year. Around 4,500,000 households get power supply from the national grid. The authority has connected 78 percent of the national population to the national power supply.
From the last fiscal year, remote districts Manang, Solukhumbu, Bajhang, and Darchula are connected to the national grid. The authority has said that East Rukum, Kalikot, Bajura, and Jumla will also be connected to the national grid soon.
In the last fiscal year, 7.55 billion units of electricity was supplied through the NEA system, which was an increase by 7 percent compared to the previous fiscal year. Total 6.38 billion units were consumed out of the total supply. The consumption is 14.75 percent more than the last FY.
On the occasion, Minister of Energy, Water Resources, and Irrigation Barsha Man Pun said that the government has targeted to produce 15 thousand megawatts of electricity in next 10 years. "We have been working to bring foreign investment in this sector," he said.