7-hrs of power cuts from Sunday as govt plans to upgrade transmission line
The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has increased the current 4-hour long load-shedding (power cuts) in the country to 7 hours a day due to plans to upgrade its transmission line at Kushaha-Kataiya area. The new schedule will come into effect from Sunday, September 15.
NEA said it decided to increase the load shedding hours due to the government’s plan to upgrade the conductor of transmission line at the Kushaha-Kataiya area and double its transmission capacity (from 132 KV to 264 KV).
NEA plans to finish the up-gradation work of the transmission line in a couple of weeks , following which it can import additional electricity from India. Nepal is currently importing 80 MW from India.
The upgradation is likely to help NEA decrease the load-shedding hours considerably during winter season when more power will be consumed.
Meanwhile, the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank (WB) Group on Wednesday agreed to provide additional financial assistance of US$ 39 million (approximately Rs 4 billion) to Nepal for the implementation of Nepal-India Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (NIETTP). Of the total agreed assistance, US$37 million is loan assistance and US$2 million is grant.
The assistance will be utilised in the development of transmission line project between Nepal and India to reduce power outage. The IDA has also already provided US$99 million for the project. The project has been under construction since 2011. Nepalnews.com