Infrastructure will be constructed in Bara-Parsa Industrial Corridor to consume 2,000 MW within 5 years, 200 MW can be given to industries immediately.
Kathmandu, 05 December 2021 The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is planning to build infrastructure in the Bara-Parsa Industrial Corridor in Province No. 2 to consume 2,000 MW of electricity within five years.
NEA is going to build infrastructure of power transmission and distribution line in Simara, Nijgadh, Birgunj, Parwanipur, Pokhariya, Prasauni and other areas of Bara-Parsa Industrial Corridor targeting the existing industries and opening industries in the coming days.
NEA has been working with high priority on infrastructure expansion and strengthening under short-term and long-term plans to increase the consumption by providing reliable and quality electricity to the industries. NEA has put forward the concept of constructing 400 kV transmission line through postal highway for the expansion of power lines in the Terai region.
In order to make the power supply of industries in Simara and Birgunj region reliable, Hetauda-Parwanipur 66 kV double circuit transmission line is being expanded and strengthened with the addition of new towers and removal of old conductors. As the capacity of the transmission line will be almost doubled after the completion of the work, additional power supply will be provided to the industries.
There is a plan to build a new substation in the Piluwa area of Bara from the Hetauda-Dhalkebar 400 kV transmission line under construction. A substation is being constructed in Pokhariya of Parsa.
NEA will immediately provide 200 MW of electricity to the industries operating in Simara and Parwanipur areas under the short term plan to increase electricity consumption. The steel industries operating in the area have been demanding more electricity for capacity expansion.
NEA Executive Director Kulman Ghising on Saturday visited the industries operating in the Bara-Parsa Industrial Corridor and interacted with the industrialists to get information about the current state of electricity demand and future needs.
Executive Director Ghising had separate interactions with the officials of Birgunj Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Jitpur Municipal Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
After visiting the substations and industries in operation, Executive Director Ghising said that up to 200 MW of electricity could be provided to the industries from the existing infrastructure.
Stating that the infrastructure is being expanded targeting the Bara-Parsa Industrial Corridor to consume up to 2,000 MW of electricity in five years, he urged the industrialists to demand electricity.
“About 800 MW was wasted due to inability to consume electricity generated in the country during this year’s monsoon. Its value is around Rs. 5 billion. Such a situation is also an opportunity for Nepal to have electricity. . “Immediate work can be done to increase electricity consumption, then we will start building infrastructure to meet the demand within 1 year, 2 years, 5 years and 10 years.”
Stating that maximum efforts have been made for the construction of infrastructure and public awareness to provide reliable and quality electricity to the industries, Executive Director Ghising said that the results of the steps taken now will be seen now.
In the program, the industrialists demanded to make the electricity tariff cheaper as it is expensive, to solve the problem of low voltage and tripping, to improve the power supply, to increase the investment in the expansion of transmission and distribution system.
Electricity can be given to these industries immediately
It is seen that up to 200 MW additional power can be provided to the industries operating in Bara-Parsa Industrial Corridor immediately. An additional load of 20.5 MW has been approved for Ashok Steel. As the industry currently has a 16 MVA capacity transformer, electricity can be supplied according to the same capacity. After adding transformers, the industry will be able to supply as much electricity as demanded.
Jagdamba Steel has demanded additional 30 MW. The industry can be supplied electricity within two months. A connection agreement is being signed for 30 MW of Jagdamba Enterprises. After the agreement, electricity will be provided to the industry.
A load of 30 MW has been approved to supply power to Himal Iron from 132 KV line. Electricity can be supplied immediately from Parwanipur substation after the industry builds its own line. Grid Impact Study (GIS) is being conducted for supply of 20.5 MW power to Narayani Steel.
The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) under construction in Sierra of Bara will be provided electricity immediately. Lines are being extended and substations are being constructed in SEZs targeting industries to be opened in the coming days.