After years of delay due to the obstruction created by local, 132 kV Solu-corridor Transmission line finally charged from today.
Jointly invested by Nepal and a concessional loan from Indian Exim Bank, the transmission line has finally been activated from today. Stated from Mirchaiya of Siraha district, the Ninety-kilometer long transmission line crosses Udayapur, Okhaldhunga to reach Dudhkunda Municipality of Solukhumbu Distract. There are altogether 302 towers.
The transmission line includes 132-33 kV 30 MVA substations and 33-11 kV 8 MVA substations in Tila. Completed two years ago, the substations are currently operational distributing electricity to Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga and Khotang districts.
Kul Man Ghising, managing director of Nepal Electricity Authority, has said that the project was delayed for few years due to disputes in selecting contractors, interim order of Supreme Court, demands of the local population to change the route and complex geographical conditions.
He said that the completion of the transmission line has been built to evacuate the 23.5 MW electricity generated in the Solu River. He said that this also will help to evacuate other under-construction projects in the Solu River.
“After electricity evacuated by Solu corridor sends to eastern Nepal through Mirchaiya, we can supply our own electricity to Saptari, Sunari and Morang districts. He also said that it will be easier to export the surplus electricity to India through Dhalkebar,” said MD Ghising.
He said that the quality of electricity supply in Solukhumbu, Okhaldhunga and Khotang will be improved as the Tila substation can supply electricity to those areas. MD Ghising also said that the electricity loss will be reduced.
Along with 23.5 MW Solukhola, the transmission line also help to evacuate electricity from 18 MW Upper Solu, 86 MW Solukhola (Duhdkosi) and 82 MW and 82 MW Lower Solu, which are now under construction stage,
following the beginning of the construction of the Transmission line, NEA has signed PPA to purchase 325 MW of electricity from 12 companies
As the construction of the transmission line was delayed, NEA has arranged temporary management evacuating 23.5 MW of electricity generated by the Solukhola Project through a 33 kV transmission line.
Local in Katari Municipality ward 4 have obstructed almost two years demanding to change the root of the transmission line. “This transmission line has taught us a great lesson for the construction of future projects,” said Janardan Gautam, project manager. We have faced all difficulties due to the local level protest which costs tens of thousands of rupees to NEA.
Indian company Mohan Energy signed an agreement with NEA in 2017 and started work in 2018.