Nepal and India have agreed to export 600 megawatts (MW) of electricity from the cross-border Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur transmission line.
Nepal and India reached an agreement in this regard during a meeting of the Joint Technical Committee (JTC) on Monday at the level of the two countries’ joint secretaries.
Sandeep Kumar Dev, Director-General of the Department of Electricity Development (DoED), who led the Nepali delegation at the JTC meeting, stated that it was agreed that Nepal could export 600 MW of feasible power.
The Indian side agreed that Nepal could technically export 600 MW of power after being informed of the latest developments, including the 220 kV Khimti Dhalkebar transmission line going into operation, optimum power generation from Upper Tamakoshi (456 MW), and an additional 500 MW power in the works by July 2022.
According to DoED Director-General Dev, despite the fact that the capacity of the 400 kV Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur transmission line was only 350 MW, the JTC meeting approved an increase in capacity to 600 MW. “After going over all of the technical aspects, it was agreed to keep the line’s capacity at 600 MW.”
In addition, the meeting agreed to gradually increase the capacity of the 400 kV Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur transmission line in the coming days as Nepal upgrades its internal transmission lines and other power infrastructure. Dhalkebar currently has three transformers with a capacity of 315 MVA.
As a result, Nepal agreed to establish a Special Protection System (SPS) to increase export-import capability while maintaining reliable electricity supply and quality.