KATHMANDU, March 19: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba inaugurated the country's second-largest power substation amid a special ceremony on Saturday.
Prime Minister Deuba inaugurated the new Khimti 220-132 KV substation at Sankhe (Fulasi) in Manthali Municipality-13 of Ramechhap district.
The substation is a major part of the country's largest 456 MW Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project, which is built with local capital. The substation constructed by the Upper Tamakoshi Project is the second-largest substation in Nepal after the Dhalkebar substation.
The new Khimti substation connecting Tamakoshi and its tributaries will evacuate up to 1,200 MW of electricity.
The electricity generated from the Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Project is connected to the new Khimti substation from a 47-km long 220 KV double circuit transmission line. In addition to Upper Tamakoshi, 60 MW Khimti I, 52.4 MW Likhu IV and 24.2 MW Likhu Khola A are connected to this substation.
Similarly, the electricity connected to the new Khimti substation has been taken from the 76 km 220 kV transmission line to the 400/ 220/ 132 kV substation at Dhalkebar in Dhanusha. The surplus electricity has been exported to India through the Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur cross border transmission line.
Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal, Executive Director of Nepal Electricity Authority Kulman Ghising, and other senior officials of NEA were among those present on the occasion.