Saturday, October 31, 2020

AEPC, NEA seal a deal to construct mini-grid

 Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) and Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) signed an agreement to construct a mini-grid with a capacity of 1.624 megawatts (MW) connecting micro and small hydroelectricity projects unreached by the national grid.

AEPC’s executive director Madhu Sudan Adhikari and NEA Engineering Company director and NEA deputy manager Hitendra Dev Shakya, recently signed the agreement on behaf of their respective institutions. 

The NEA Engineering Company and the AEPC signed the agreement aiming at carrying out the detailed feasibility study for the construction of a mini-grid by connecting the seven micro and small hydel projects being developed in Jumla of Karnali Province, a press note from the NEA reads.

The company will carry out the detailed feasibility study as well as the engineering design of the mini-grid project, the press note reads, adding that the AEPC will bear the financial cost. “Under the project, six projects developed with the AEPC’s grant assistance and one developed with NEA’s support will be connected to the mini-grid which will, in turn, be connected to the National Transmission Line.”

The 200-kilowatt (KW) Ghughuti Small Hydroelectricity Project at Chandannath Municipality in the district headquarters is constructed with the NEA assistance, whereas the 200-KW Girikhola Small Hydroelectricity Project at Tatopani Rural Municipality, the 100-KW Juwanadi Thinkebandh Micro Hydroelectricity Project at Chandannath Municipality and the 45-KW Triveni Micro Hydroelectricity Project at Patarashi Rural Municipality are being constructed with the assistance of AEPC.

Similarly, the 31-KW Luma Micro Hydroelectricity Project, the 50-KW Dillichaur Micro Hydel Project and the 198-KW Chukeni Khola Small Hydroelectricity Project are developed with AEPC support. 

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