KATHMANDU, Aug 17: The Dhanusha-based Dhalkebar substation aims to strengthen the in-country transmission system and promote Nepal-India power trade has come into operation.
The country’s biggest automated 220-132 KV substation formally came into operation from Thursday night, according to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)’s executive director Kulman Ghising.
The import of electricity from India first time via the 220 KV transmission line has begun, following the operation of the substation. Earlier, import of power from India was going on from the 132 KV transmission line.
“The operation of the Dhalkebar substation and strengthening of internal transmission line is a cornerstone in terms of bilateral power trade,” NEA chief Ghising said. As stated by him, construction of another 400-220 KV substation at Dhalkebar is underway and it is expected to be completed by one and half year. It may be noted that the construction of 400-KV Dhalkebar-Mujaffarpur transnational transmission line had already been completed.
NEA Spokesperson and Power Trade Department Chief, Prabal Adhikari, said big infrastructure has been readied for the import and export of additional power between the two countries with the substation coming into operation.
The operation and monitoring of the automated substation is possible from Syuchatar –based NEA Load Dispatch Center in Kathmandu. The substation has two transformers and it will be useful mainly during winter when the country needs to import additional power from India. RSS