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36 hours a week load shedding from today

 -  Kantipur

Jan 10 2008, Kathmandu - Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has decided to increase load shedding from 15 to 36 hours a week with effect from Thursday.

What this means is consumers now will have to face load shedding for six hours a day. The load shedding will be imposed twice daily -- three hours at a time.

According to NEA, the load shedding period will further increase to as much as 11 hours a day from mid-February onwards.

The current electricity supply by NEA, the private sector and Indian companies together amounts to 335 megawatt (MW), according to Sher Singh Bhat, chief of Systems Operations at NEA. However, the demand reaches up to 720 MW during peak hours, according to him.

Currently, NEA imports 60 MW from Indian companies. The power generation capacity of NEA powerhouses has declined by 50 percent. Kaligandaki-A, the biggest operating hydro-power project in the country, is currently producing only 67 MW against a total capacity of 144 MW. Similar is the condition of other operating run-of-river projects.

Altogether, NEA is around 1.4 million units of electricity short.

Source : Kantipur
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