Nepal-India Energy Exchange: Construction of Mainahiya-Sampatiya transmission line gathers pace

Published On: March 20, 2022 04:31 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 20: The construction of the Mainahiya-Sampatiya 132 kV transmission line deemed important for the exchange of electricity between Nepal and India has gained momentum.

The double circuit transmission line linking Mainahiya in Rupandehi district of Nepal with Sampatiya (New Nautanawa) in Uttar Pradesh (UP) State of India has achieved 60 per cent progress in construction, according to the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).

The target has been set to complete this project within mid-July, 2023. Foundation has been laid for 44 of 96 towers that will be erected across the 28-km transmission line. Similarly, five towers are already in place. 

A team comprising secretary at the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Devendra Karki, board members of the NEA, executive chairperson among others recently oversaw the project works and instructed for the timely completion of the project. 

Stating that the transmission line was important for exchange of energy between Nepal and India, the team urged the project management to complete the project within the deadline. 

The 6th meeting of Nepal-India Energy Secretary-Level Joint Steering Committee in Pokhara on January 24, 2019 had agreed to proceed for the implementation of the cross-border 132 kV transmission lines between UP in India and Nepal. 

NEA Executive Director Kulman Ghising said that the Mainahiya-Sampatiya transmission line is being constructed to facilitate cross-border energy trade since Uttar Pradesh had 33 kV transmission line structures. 

Ghising said that the surplus electricity could be exported to UP while electricity could be imported to Nepal in need. “That is why this transmission line is important for facilitation of cross-border electricity trade between the two countries."

The project cost is estimated at USD 8 million.

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