In a bid to harness the electricity generated by the 102-megawatt Madhya Bhotekoshi Hydroelectric Project, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has issued a directive to expedite the construction of a crucial 220/132 kV substation located in Bahrabise, Sindhupalchok.
The NEA’s top management, led by Managing Director Kulman Ghising and Deputy Director of Project Management Directorate Tara Prasada Pradhan, conducted a comprehensive field visit to the construction site on Thursday. The team emphasized the importance of completing the substation promptly to facilitate the connection of electricity from the Madhya Bhotekoshi Hydroelectric Project, which is spearheaded by the Chilime Hydropower Company.
Discussions during the site visit revolved around project management, challenges faced with contractors, equipment supplies, and the specified deadline for completion. According to the agreement in place, the substation construction must conclude by January 15, 2024.
NEA Managing Director Kulman Ghising highlighted the urgency of the situation, stating, “Madhya Bhotekoshi Hydroelectric Project has reached the final stage. The substation has to be completed before the power is generated.” Ghising also acknowledged that all required equipment for the substation has been procured, with some already installed. To meet the deadline, he urged an acceleration of construction efforts, even considering the addition of manpower.
One significant hurdle contributing to the delay, as identified by the NEA, is the lackadaisical performance of the involved Chinese companies, Guangxi Transmission and Substation Construction, and Shenzhen Clou Electronics. The NEA stressed the need for these contractors to meet their obligations promptly to ensure the timely completion of the vital substation.
As Nepal strives to enhance its energy infrastructure, the successful and timely completion of the Bahrabise substation is critical for maximizing the potential of the Madhya Bhotekoshi Hydroelectric Project and meeting the growing energy demands of the region.