India positive on Nepal’s proposal to export power to Bangladesh

The tenth meeting of the Nepal-India Energy Secretary’s joint directors’ committee made decisions on expansion of transmission line and trade promotion.

In the meeting co-chaired by Secretary at Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, and Secretary at Electricity Ministry of India, Alok Kumar, and held in Rajasthan of India on Saturday, the two sides decided to forward the construction of high power transmission line for the interstate power trade.

Executive Director at Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), Kulman Ghising, informed that the decisions made by the joint directors’ committee on power production, transmission and trade were huge achievements. The joint task force led by joint secretaries from the two countries had made recommendations to the directors’ committee on Friday.

India took Nepal’s proposal for exporting electricity to Bangladesh by using the Indian transmission grid and the two sides decided to agree after the names of hydro projects were submitted, according to ED Ghising. “A proposal seeking Indian permission for exporting Nepal’s electricity to Bangladesh would be sent to the Central Electricity Authority of India, to which the Indian Authority will give consent after necessary tests as per the directive on cross border power trade,” he added.

Similarly, the Nepali side had proposed for the extension of the current one year permit of electricity trade in the day-ahead market of the Indian Energy Exchange Ltd, to which the Indian side agreed to review.

Nepal’s proposal for export of additional power would be given consent by the Indian side by following due procedure, Ghising shared.

The meeting further decided that Nepal would now be allowed to export electricity via Tanakpur from where only import was possible in the past.

The power as high as 70 megawatt from April to June and 80 megawatt from July to March would be circulated to both sides via 132-KV single circuit transmission line of Tanakpur-Mahendranagar.


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