Tuesday, April 17, 2018

India positive about purchasing surplus power from all projects of Nepal

India is positive on buying surplus power form Nepal though it had earlier decided to purchase electricity produced from those projects which will have Indian investment.
During a meeting between energy secretaries of Nepal and India in New Delhi, it has shown positive interest responding to the Nepal’s request for revision on the decision, informed Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) spokesperson Prabal Adhikari. "During the meeting, India also informed that it was reviewing its inter-country electricity trade guideline and rules."
Nepal, at present, imports electricity from India during the dry season but it is going to produce surplus power in the monsoon, after the completion of projects that are under construction.
Currently, projects with a capacity of 1,594 megawatt (MW) are under-construction in Nepal, whereas projects with 6,000 MW capacity are in the pipeline.
Meanwhile, the Indian team led by power secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla also informed Nepali team led by energy secretary Anup Upadhyaya that India’s electricity system would get balanced, if Nepal implemented the proposed energy banking system. "However, launching this system requires a lot of study on both sides."
The meeting has principally agreed to establish energy banking system. Nepal has proposed for the system and the Indian authorities have agreed. The Central Electricity Authority of India (CEA) will hold discussions with the Uttar Pradesh and Bihar governments on how this concept can be taken forward.
Similarly, Nepal-India energy secretary level talks – also called the Joint Steering Committee (JSC) meeting that concluded today – agreed to finalise the construction modality of a new 400 kV Butwal-Gorakhpur cross-border transmission line within three months.
The meeting has also agreed to authorise the preparation of the construction modality of the cross-border transmission line to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and Central Electricity Authority of India (CEA).
Nepal has, on the occasion, proposed that both countries take the initiative to individually construct the transmission lines that fall in their respective territories and the meeting also urged the technical committee to recommend the funding modality to the JSC.

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