Inauguration of Two Electrical Substations Marks Progress in Nepal’s Energy Sector

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Kathmandu, 11 Nov 2023. Under the Nepal-German Economic Cooperation Program, 33/11 kV substations have been inaugurated in Nuwakot and Rasuwa.

The inauguration of the electrical distribution substations constructed in Rata Mate, Belkotgadhi Municipality of Nuwakot, and Kalika Sthan, Kalika Rural Municipality of Rasuwa, was held on Wednesday, with the grant received from the KfW Development Bank through the German government.

Kulman Ghising, the Managing Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority, and Michael Samsher Helistern, the Director of KfW’s Regional Office for Nepal and Bangladesh, jointly inaugurated the Rata Mate substation. Similarly, Christoph Krieger, the Deputy Director for South Asia at KfW, also participated in the joint inauguration of the Kalika Sthan substation. These substations provide local electricity supply.

The German government provided a grant of 5 million euros (approximately 70 crore Nepalese Rupees) through KfW Development Bank for the reconstruction, expansion, and strengthening of the electrical distribution networks in Nuwakot and Rasuwa after the destructive earthquake of 2072 B.S. From this grant, two distribution substations, 33 kV and 11 kV lines, and LT lines have been constructed. This initiative will enable over 1,200 households in the two districts to access reliable electricity supply.

The German government provided a grant of 5 million euros (approximately 70 crore Nepalese Rupees) through KfW Development Bank for the reconstruction, expansion, and strengthening of the electrical distribution networks in Nuwakot and Rasuwa after the destructive earthquake of 2015 (2072 B.S.) From this grant, two distribution substations, 33 kV and 11 kV lines, and LT lines have been constructed. This initiative will enable over 1,200 households in the two districts to access reliable electricity supply.

During the inauguration program, Managing Director Ghising mentioned KfW’s significant support in the construction of hydroelectric, transmission, and distribution projects in Nepal. He highlighted that the substations’ construction has enabled the region’s consumers to access reliable and high-quality electricity supply. He also emphasized that after improving the power supply, it will encourage the establishment of domestic industries in this area.

Helistern and Krieger of KFW mentioned that the relationship between Nepal and Germany is more than 60 years old and they have been cooperating in the energy sector for 40 years and said that now they will cooperate in electricity transmission and distribution.