KATHMANDU, NOVEMBER 12
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) — the country’s sole power utility — completed the charging of Nepal’s first 400 kV capacity Dhalkebar substation at its full capacity at around 8:15pm on Wednesday. With the operation of the substation at its full capacity, the 400 kV Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur cross-border transmission line has also come into operation with the same load, as per NEA.
“With the completion of the project, Nepal will be able to transmit up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity through the country’s first-ever high-voltage cross-border transmission line — the 400 kV Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur Transmission Line,” said Madan Timsina, spokesperson for NEA.
He further said that the operation of the 400 kV Dhalkebar substation will also be useful for transmitting reliable electricity within the country from the east to west and vie versa. However, Nepal is yet to strengthen its transmission network within the country.
According to Shailendra Guragain, president of Independent Power Producers’ Association Nepal, the Dhalkebar substation is the backbone of Nepal’s power sector as it connects east-west electricity transmission in the country. However, with the delayed construction of transmission lines across the country including transmission lines of Kabeli Corridor, Koshi Corridor, Sunkoshi Corridor and Trishuli Corridor, Nepal will not be able to fully utilise the benefits of the substation.
He hopes for timely completion of the transmission line projects.
Nevertheless, the operation of the Dhalkebar substation is an important milestone for Nepal’s hydropower sector.
The substation, being the major hub for power exchange between Nepal and India, will ease the process of importing power to meet the increasing demand of electricity in Nepal while exporting the same to India when the