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India to supply additional 80 MW of power to Nepal from Jan. 1, 2017

Updated: Dec 31, 2016 08:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 31 (ANI): From January 1, 2017, India will supply an additional 80 megawatts of power to Nepal, bringing the total supply of electricity to that country to about 400 megawatt.

Nepal's Energy Minister Janardan Sharma recently held discussions with his Indian counterpart Piyush Goyal on this issue.

Besides reviewing cooperation and expanding ties between the two countries in the power and energy sector, Sharma requested Goyal for an additional supply of 80 megawatts of power to alleviate shortage in Nepal due to seasonal reduction in supply from domestic hydro projects in the winter months.

In a swift response to this request, within a period of 20 days, the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) installed an additional 220/132kV, 100MVA transformer at the Muzaffarpur substation in India.

This transformer will facilitate additional power supply up to 80 megawatts to Nepal through the Muzaffarpur (India) - Dhalkebar (Nepal) transmission line. With this augmentation, a total of 160 megawatts can now be supplied to Nepal through this transmission line.

The electrical grids of India and Nepal are connected through various radial lines at 132kV, 33kV and 11kV voltage levels. Prior to February 2016, as per the request received from Nepal from time to time, various short-term augmentation schemes were carried out which resulted in enhancement of power flow to Nepal from 50 megawatts to about 240 megawatts.

In February 2016, Prime Ministers of India and Nepal inaugurated the first high capacity 400kV cross-border line, initially being operated at 132kV, from Muzaffarpur in India to Dhalkebar in Nepal. This had resulted in additional flow of 80 megawatts, enhancing the total power supply to Nepal to about 320 megawatts.

The Muzaffapur - Dhalkebar line is planned to be charged at 220kV with the commissioning of 220kV Dhalkebar substation in Nepal by March 2017. This will facilitate additional 150 megawatts of power transfer to Nepal. This would be followed by commissioning of 400 kV sub-station at Dhalkebar (Nepal), which would enable operation of Muzaffarpur - Dhalkebar 400 kV DC line at its rated voltage, leading to increase in power transfer to Nepal by 300-400 megawatts.

India is also working with Nepal to supply power through two more radial 132kV lines viz. Raxaul-Parwanipur and Kataiya-Kushaha, which are being commissioned through the grant assistance of Government of India.

India, through PGCIL, has also assisted Nepal in preparation of electricity Master Plan for Nepal- short term (up to 2018-19), medium term (up to 2021-22) and long term (up to 2035). Accordingly, a number of high capacity cross-border interconnections are being considered between India and Nepal. Initially, these interconnections would be utilized for transfer of power from India to Nepal and later with the development of hydro projects in Nepal, these links would be utilized for transfer of surplus power from Nepal to India.(ANI)