KATHMANDU, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Despite the constraint in power generation, the government of Nepal is all set to provide uninterrupted power supply to its industries within two months through a special arrangement, officials said on Monday.
The industrial sector of Nepal, particularly the manufacturing plants that require higher voltage of energy, have curtailed a huge portion of their production due to the poor energy supply as the state power monopoly has been imposing around 9 hours power cut at present.
Under the scheme, the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), in a bid to address the demand from the industrial sector, will supply 56 MW energy at maximum through dedicated feeders for up to 20 hours a day.
The NEA had, in mid-November, asked applications from the industries seeking for the facility. "We have received applications from 135 industries for a total of 232 MW energy against our ability to provide only 56 MW," NEA managing director Arjun Kumar Karki told Xinhua.
He said as the power entity does not have that much capacity, the NEA will choose deserving industries among the applicants.
NEA in the beginning of the current year had announced to introduce the facility provided the industries taking the facility pay double tariff than what they are paying at present.
NEA, also the government power entity, has been planning to supply 12 MW from Sunsari-Morang Corridor, 25 MW from Simara- Birgunj and Hetaunda-Bharatpur Corridor, 4 MW from Janakpur- Sagarmatha Corridor, 2.5 MW from Pokhara Corridor, 5 MW from Kathmandu Corridor and 7.5 MW from Butwal Corridor through dedicated lines.
NEA will manage 30 MW energy from its diesel plants based in Hetauda and Duhabi and import 26 MW from India to initiate the special facility for the power hunger industries. "By the time we choose the name of the industries deserving for the facility, we will also introduce fresh tariff for the special service," added Karki.
Nepalese industrialists said they have been forced to run their industries with around 55 percent of the total capacity as they do not have power to go more than that.
Having more than 45,000 MW commercially feasible hydropower potential, the poor Himalayan country has been able to generate only around 750 MW so far.