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Uninterrupted Power During SAARC Summit: NEA

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Uninterrupted Power During SAARC Summit: NEA

KATHMANDU, 10 NOV 2014 – Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is making preparations to provide uninterrupted power supply for dignitaries during the 18th SAARC Summit slated for November 26-27 in the Capital.

“We are trying to provide uninterrupted power supply in places where the dignitaries visit and stay, and roads from where they commute,” said NEA Managing Director Mukesh Kafle.

“Preparations are being made to supply continuous electricity along roads as it is important from the security point of view,” said Kafle, adding there’s no need for importing additional power for the purpose.

Tulasi Prasad Sitaula, secretary at the Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport, who is also a member of the SAARC Summit Preparation and Coordination Committee, said there won’t be much problem in power supply during the summit.

“The existing supply from NEA is enough. We can also run the Kulekhani Hydropower Project for a few days, if needed,” Sitaula said.

Kulekhani is the country’s only storage-type project and it is operated during the winter season when the generation capacity of run-of-the-river projects and Indian import decrease.

Meanwhile, NEA recently reached an agreement with PTC India Limited, under which Nepal will receive a guaranteed 170MW electricity during the winter season. “India has been cutting power supply as per its convenience. But now, PTC India has agreed to supply 170MW,” said Kafle.

With the capacity upgradation of the 132KV Lahan-Duhabi transmission line, Nepal will be able to import an additional 20MW electricity during winter.

Kafle said the Indian Power Ministry has expressed concern over Nepal’s power crisis and has also taken the issue of exporting power to Nepal positively.

Source: eKantipur

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