Life Line Project for Electricity Supply in Kathmandu Valley: NEA
Kathmandu, 17 June 2022, The construction of Marsyangdi-Kathmandu 220 kV double circuit transmission line has been completed.
The 82-kilometer transmission line from Markichowk of Tanahu’s Aabukhairani village to Matatirtha of Kathmandu has been brought into operation by charging 132 kV from Thursday.
NEA Managing Director Kulman Ghising said that a reliable transmission network has been prepared for additional power flow in the Kathmandu Valley as soon as the construction of the line is completed.
The current Marsyangdi-Suchatar was only 132 KV single circuit which could not carry more than 100 MW of electricity from the line. With the immediate operation of Marsyangdi-Kathmandu at 132 KV, up to 200 MW of electricity can now flow in Kathmandu Valley. Director Ghising said.
As there is only 132 KV single circuit in Bharatpur-Hetauda, there was also a problem for electricity flow. ‘
A contract agreement was signed with Indian company Tata Project Ltd. for the construction of Marsyangdi-Kathmandu transmission line on 30 June 2016 at a cost of USD 10.3 million and Rs. 766.3 million. The construction of the project was started in September 2016 BS. There are 233 towers in the transmission line in Tanahu, Gorkha, Chitwan, Dhading and Kathmandu districts. The consulting services of the transmission line were provided by Power Grid Corporation of India and Jade Consult of Nepal.
The construction has been delayed due to obstructions of locals at various places along the route of the transmission line. Project Chief Laxman Phunyal said that the construction was affected due to obstruction of locals in Pipaltar, Siddhalek Gaonpalika-7 of Dhading district for the longest time.
Under the project, substations of 220 ÷ 132 ÷ 33 KV, 320 MVA capacity are under construction at Matatirtha of Kathmandu and Markichok of Tanahu. After the completion of construction of substations, the transmission line will be brought into operation at 220 KV. The project has been constructed with the investment of the Government of Nepal and concessional loan from the Government of Norway and the Asian Development Bank.