Kathmandu, May 16
The Upper Trishuli III ‘A’ has finally been connected to the national grid today. With the production of 30 MW electricity from the first unit, the project was finally completed.
The construction of the project suffered numerous obstructions owing to earthquake and blockade. Managing Director of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), Kulman Ghising, switched the control room of switchyard at Simle, Kispang-5 in Nuwakot and announced that the project was now connected to the national grid.
The NEA was waiting for the completion of the project since its launch a decade back.
The project powerhouse is connected to the substation at Matatirtha of Kathmandu via a 220 kV double-circuit transmission line.
For the test, the first unit of the project will produce electricity for 72 hours continuously from Friday.
On the occasion, Ghising shared that with the operation of the Upper Trishuli III ‘A’ project, the water in the Kulekhani reservoir will be saved and help reduce the electricity import from India.
According to him, the project was completed at a cost of around $125 million that was managed by Nepal government, NEA and a soft loan by the Export-Import Bank of China.
A version of this article appears in print on May 17, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.