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    LoadsheddingKATHMANDU: Nepal Electricity Authority is mulling over raising loadshedding hours by one-and-a-half hours as a massive flood in the Sunkoshi River has affected electricity generation and transmission.

    Yesterday’s flood has swept away two gates of 10-megawatt Sunkoshi hydropower project and submerged power house of Sunkoshi small hydropower project, which is being operated by Sanima Hydropower Ltd. 

    “The flood has also completely damaged one of the transmission lines of 45MW Bhotekoshi Power Company and partially damaged three of its transmission lines. It has also affected 6MW Chaku Khola project and 3MW Bhairab Kunda project,” a senior official of Nepal Electricity Authority said. In total, 66.5 MW of power generation has been affected by the flood.

    “So far, we have tried to manage the situation and increased loadshedding by half an hour to an hour in a few places,” the official said. 

    To fulfil shortage triggered by the flood, NEA is mulling over increasing imports from India. “But we will also have to see capacity of our transmission lines to import power from India via places like Raxaul, Kataiya and Ramnagar, among others,” the official said. “If we cannot import all the electricity, we will have to raise loadshedding hours.”

    Source : THT

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