Office of Millennium Challenge Nepal (OMCN), soon to be known as Millennium Challenge Account Nepal (MCA-Nepal), has selected Stantec to provide project preparation and technical supervision services for the high-voltage transmission and substation activities of a large electricity transmission project.
This transformational energy project is funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as the primary component of their $500M (USD) five-year Compact with the Government of Nepal, the agency’s first in South Asia. The Government of Nepal has also contributed an additional $130M (USD) to support the Compact.
The critical infrastructure provided by MCA-Nepal will improve the supply and reliability of electricity for millions of residential and commercial consumers, enhance the provisions of critical social services such as education and health care, and help attract greater private sector investment.
The multi-year Compact will see construction of 300 kilometers of 400-kilovolt transmission lines and three new substations spanning an area roughly one-third the length of Nepal. Successful completion of the project will significantly increase Nepal’s power-carrying capacity well beyond its current generation capacity.
The new infrastructure will also facilitate cross-border power trading with India by allowing Nepal to export/import surplus electricity during the wet/dry seasons. Lastly, the effort will contribute to the larger objectives outlined in Nepal’s Transmission System Master Plan. The Master Plan is Nepal’s framework to develop energy sector infrastructure through domestic and foreign loans from other countries and investment organizations, developed by the Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation.
The MCC is a US government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Together with OMCN/MCA-Nepal, the host country entity responsible for Compact implementation, MCC has created a targeted investment program to tackle the inadequate supply of electricity, a primary constraint to growth in Nepal.
Stantec’s Washington, DC-based International Development Group (IDG), which has been working on a variety of MCC-funded projects since 2006, will lead the effort, linking their fundamental MCC institutional knowledge and experience with the specialized high-voltage transmission line and substation capabilities of Stantec’s Canadian-based Power group. Together, the teams will build on the extensive experience Stantec has established over the past 20 years in Nepal’s hydropower sector.
Project management is being provided by Stantec teams in Washington, DC and Kathmandu. The project team also includes two firms who are contributing to critical technical, environmental and stakeholder engagement activities. Power Engineers, Inc. is supporting key engineering tasks, and Environmental Resources Management is supporting key environmental, social, and resettlement tasks.
“We are excited to be working with OMCN/MCA-Nepal on a project of such national and regional importance. We have assembled a multi-disciplinary team with a full spectrum of engineering, environmental, and social specialists to tackle the unique challenges of working in Nepal’s mountainous terrain and ensure we can deliver the project in a timely and sustainable manner,” says Loren Labovitch, vice president and director of Stantec’s International Development Group. “This is the essence of designing with community in mind. We look forward to the next several years of collaboration to help strengthen Nepal’s power network, improve quality of life, and promote inclusive economic growth.”
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