NEA to import 70 MW electricity from India

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    2012-12-17, KATHMANDU: Nepal will be importing 70 Megawatts (MW) of electricity from India this year in a bid to reduce load-shedding hours.

    Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) on Sunday, had decided to formally write to the Indian government with the request for import , Pitambar Sigdel has reported for Annapurna Post on Monday.

    A meeting of NEA decided to this effect as per agreements reached on earlier meeting.

    According to Managing Director of NEA, Rameshwor Yadav, a team of NEA had reached agreements with Bihar Electricity Board and Power Trading Corporation to import electricity last week.

    As per the agreements, NEA will pay Rs 8.15 per unit.

    The demands for electricity increase in Nepal by an average of 80 Megawatts annually. Authorities at NEA say that with this import of electricity from India, load-shedding hours can be restricted to 18 hours per day.

    Source : The Himalayan Times