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India readies proposal to double power to Nepal

Anil Sasi, New Delhi: Marking a significant step in its nascent electricity diplomacy efforts, India has agreed to provide 150 MW of power to Nepal in addition to the 120-140 MW of power that it exports currently.
The move will effectively double the export of power to Nepal and significantly mitigate the Himalayan nation’s power shortage, which turns acute during the winter months.
Nepal has a generating capacity of 600 MW but the hydroelectric output is severely reduced during winter, when the demand peaks.
In order to facilitate this additional flow of power, the Indian government has allocated 150 MW power from its unallocated quota from the Dadri thermal power station to Bihar.
The power will be exported from the international boundary with Bihar, where the load of Nepal is concentrated. This would be done through two new 132 kV lines — the 15 km, 132 kV Raxaul-Parwanipur line and the 17 km Katayia-Kusaha line. The two lines will be constructed shortly at a total estimated cost of Rs 20 crore, government officials involved in the exercise said.
The proposal is expected to be taken up at the meeting of the Indo-Nepal joint working group and joint steering committee to be held on November 20 as a follow up of the India-Nepal power trade agreement signed in September 2014. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to travel to Nepal in the third week of November for the 18th SAARC summit, where he is likely to oversee the inking of a pact that would pave the way for the setting up of a 900 MW hydropower project in that country.
The project development agreement (PDA) for the 900 MW Arun III hydroelectric power project was finalised late last month as a precursor to Modi’s visit to Kathmandu for the SAARC summit.
The signing of the PDA for the Rs 5,139 crore project (2010 price levels), to be developed by state owned SJVN Ltd, is being seen as a defining step in the consolidation of the power sector cooperation between the two countries. (indianexpress)

Published Date: Thursday, November 20th, 2014 | 04:13 AM

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