Nepal, the beautiful Himalayan country is all set to increase power import from India in order to meet up to its winter time demand supply gap. Apart from the present 350 MW import, an additional 25 MW will be imported as per an agreement between NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd and NEA (Nepal Electricity Authority).
The additional power will be supplied through the transmission line between Muzaffarpur in Bihar and Dhalkebar in Nepal. An NEA official has stated that the import will likely continue till the onset of the rainy season in May.
Against the hydropower potential of more than 83,000 MW, the feasible potential of Nepal stands at 43,000. However, the existing capacity stands at less than 1000 MW. During peak demand of approximately 950 MW, the production reduces to around 450 MW because of lack of water in the streams.
By 2020, Nepal has set a plan to establish 3000km transmission lines and fresh generation capacity of 2200 MW. Apart from that, other plans totaling to around 2300 MW is also there which will be developed by companies from India. After the establishment of these plans, Nepal will be considered as a major power exporting country in South Asia.