KATHMANDU, March 20: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and the companies it has been looking after are to produce 800 MW power within the next 18 months.
Based on the work plan prepared by the NEA, the hydropower companies as Upper Tamakoshi, Kulekhani III, Upper Trishuli A, Sanjen Rasuwagadhi would produce such volume of hydropower. The NEA has believed that the country would be self-reliant after producing ample energy within some years.
The Upper Sanjen is to generate 14.8 MW, while the Sanjen 14.5 MW, said Chief of the hydropower company, Kiran Shrestha, adding that both projects have completed 70 percent of the works.
Spokesperson at Energy Ministry, Dr Ganesh Neupane, said the Upper Tamakoshi hydropower project would be completed by coming mid-November. The government has provided every sort of assistance for the timely completion of the project.
According to NEA Executive Director Kulman Ghising, the project of some 1,000 MW would be linked to the national grid in coming three years.
Meanwhile, the private sector too has planned to complete the projects of some 1500 MW in one and half years.
Independent Energy Producers’ Association Nepal Chairman Shailendra Guragain said among the projects of 3,500 MW capacity, 70 percent are in construction phase.