India to export more power to Nepal to make winter load-shedding free

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KATHMANDU — India is willing to export more power to Nepal to make winter load-shedding free. Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has determined the new tariff for the electricity that is being imported from India.

The meeting of the Nepal-India Electricity Exchange Committee held on Tuesday in New Delhi of India has fixed the tariff to be Rs 8.88 in minimum to Rs 10.32 in maximum per unit.

NEA Spokesperson Prabal Adhikari, who also attended the ongoing meeting of the Committee at New Delhi, told RSS on a telephone talk that the new tariff has been determined at IC Rs 5.55 in minimum and IC Rs 6.45 in maximum per unit.

The tariff for the electricity to be imported from India through small transmission line remains high compared to the one imported through big, said Spokesperson Adhikari.
Adhikari explained that the electricity to be imported through the transmission line of 11 kV will stand at Rs 10.32, Rs 9.60 of 33 kV and Rs 8.88 of Rs 132 Kv.

Earlier, India had been increasing the tariff of electricity to be exported to Nepal by 5.5 per cent per unit. But the recently held meeting has decided to scrap this decision and implement a new system based on mutual consensus, shared Adhikari.

The Committee’s meeting which could not be called for six years has been held after the new leadership took office in NEA, added Spokesperson Adhikari.

The new tariff for the electricity to be imported from India will be fixed by another meeting of the Committee agreed to hold within March next year, said Adhikari.

According to him, the meeting has reached the decision to hold the meeting of a secretarial level of meeting between the Energy Secretaries of the both countries which is to make decisions for the constructions of the three transmission lines of 132 Kv and two of 22 KV.

Similarly, the meeting agreed to re-operate the long defunct 33 Kv Dhangadi-Paliya transmission line within two months. The transmission line had been used to import 10 mega watts of electricity from India.

Additional electricity to be imported from India

One among the decisions of the meeting is to import additional 100 mega watts through the inter-country transmission line in view of the preventing power outage in Nepal during the winter, according to Spokesperson Adhikari.

Currently, Nepal has been importing 380 mega watts of electricity from India.

Although the construction of the Raxual-Parawanipur and Kushaha inter-country transmission line was completed some six months ago, no electricity had been imported from India yet. RSS