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Kumlan Says Nepal’s Load-Shedding Problem to End Within a Month

April 6, 2024
Kulman Ghising

BIRGUNJ, NEPAL – Kulman Ghising, Executive Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority, has announced that the country’s ongoing load-shedding problem is expected to be resolved within a month. He attributed the imminent improvement to the upcoming addition of 2,000 to 2,200 megawatts of solar power generation capacity.

“The current situation is temporary. Within a month, we may even face a situation where we need to find ways to utilize and export surplus electricity,” Ghising stated while addressing the event organized by Kantipur Media Group.

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Ghising explained that the private sector is leading the development of solar power plants. “We’ve already initiated a 200-megawatt project in Birgunj alone. I urge all industrialists to participate and boost Birgunj’s generation capacity,” he said. “This will not only improve voltage stability but also increase local power generation.”

The Birgunj area currently suffers from voltage issues due to a lack of local generation capacity. Ghising outlined plans to address this by bringing solar plants online within the next two years.

He attributed the recent power outages to election-related restrictions on electricity imports from India during nighttime hours. “We are working to secure electricity imports between 12:00 am and 6:00 am, which will allow us to provide power for 18 hours,” Ghising assured.

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