Load-shedding not to drop below six hours a day


    LOAD-SHEEDING_2012Load-shedding will not decrease below six hours a day this year despite all projects operating at full capacity as the national grid still is short of demand by 350 MW. Load-shedding had also remained six hours a day during the last monsoon.

    While the current demand of electricity is 1000 MW, supply is just 650 MW including around 100 MW imported from India. All the projects including Kaligandaki A (144 MW), Mid Marsyangdi (70 MW), Marsyangdi (69 MW), Khimti (60 MW), Bhotekoshi (45 MW) are operating at full capacity, according to the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). “All the run of the river projects are operating at full capacity,” Manager of the System Operation Department of NEA Bhuwan Kumar Chhetri confirmed.

    “Power cuts can be reduced by up to one hour a day if the water level at the Kulekhani Reservoir rises. It will remain as it is, otherwise,” he said and added that will be confirmed in the next one week. He, however, said that there is little chance of load-shedding decreasing further due to Kulekhani. He revealed that the water level at Kulekhani currently is 1,512 meters and 200,000 units of electricity a day is being generated from the project now. The demand of electricity rises by 100 MW a year and 35.5 MW has already been added to the national grid this year. NEA said that another 17 MW will soon be added but there is no chance of more import from India for now.

    NEA, meanwhile, has urged the Ministry of Energy to compensate for the loss of Rs 444.40 million suffered through import of electricity from India in the 11 months of this fiscal year. The Load-Shedding Minimization Work Plan brought last September has stated that the government will compensate the losses suffered thus. NEA said 643.66 million units of electricity has been imported from India this fiscal year while it is expecting to import 1.05 billion units in the coming year.

    The work plan had stated that load-shedding will be limited to 12 hours a day but it had risen to up to 14 hours a day due to the huge gap between demand and supply. Though NEA had targeted to reduce leakage, that was 27 percent at the start of the year, by three percent it is still 25 percent. NEA’S income has increased by Rs 500 million due to the two-percent fall in leakage. NEA has been losing around Rs 6.25 billion from leakages alone. Meanwhile, NEA has reduced load-shedding in the industrial areas by one hour to seven hours a day.

    Source : Karobar Daily