According to the Kathmandu Post, Nepal is thinking of exporting 370 MW of power to India through low-capacity transmission lines.

Due to the incompleteness of other high-capacity transmission lines, the landlocked nation has decided to take this action in addition to the only existing high-capacity 400kV Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur line.

During a February meeting of the Secretary-level Joint Steering Committee (JSC) in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, the two countries agreed to transmit a maximum of 800 MW via the Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur Cross-Border Transmission, which allows Nepal to export up to 1,000 MW.

However, Nepal can only export 452.6 MW from its 10 hydropower plants because of its southern neighbor’s restrictions.

The two nations agreed to investigate additional low-capacity cross-power connections to facilitate bilateral energy trade at their JSC meeting.

There are now 11 cross-border electricity lines connecting the two neighbors, all of which have limited capacity.

According to Prabal Adhikari, director of power trading at the state-owned utility Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), “we proposed to export around 70 MW through the 32 kV Mahendranagar-Tanakpur Transmission line.”

So far, Nepal has solely used this international power connection to import electricity from its southern neighbor.

Trading of 70 MW-80 MW via this electricity line was approved with at the most recent JSC meeting.

Using the already-existing lower capacity cross-border transmission lines connecting with the eastern Indian state of Bihar and the internal power line of Bihar, the NEA and PTC India Ltd signed a deal on June 28 to export 300 MW of energy to India.

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