Nepal Energy Minister highlights European support for rural electricity and clean energy

Joint Statement

Joint Statement, © German Embassy

22.11.2018 - Press release
  • New transmission link to enable 600 MW of clean energy to benefit Nepal
  • More than 7,200 households to gain first-time reliable electricity access
  • European and Nepalese partners highlight benefit of technical and financial cooperation 

The impact of expanding access to electricity to rural communities and benefits from harnessing renewable energy were highlighted today at the ground breaking ceremony to formally mark the start of construction of the Chilime-Trishuli transmission system in central Nepal.

“Once complete the new Chilime-Trishuli Transmission link allows thousands of people living in communities in the Trishuli River Basin and beyond to benefit from clean hydropower energy and a more reliable power supply. This crucial energy project is key for sustainable development in Nepal and demonstrates the close partnership between Nepal and European partners.” said Barshaman Pun, Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation of Nepal, speaking at the ceremony.

The new 27km transmission line will be built through difficult mountainous terrain 50km west of Kathmandu by the Nepal Electricity Authority and financed by the European Investment Bank, the European Union through the Asian Investment Facility, German Development Bank KfW and Government of Nepal.

The ground breaking ceremony in Trishuli was attended by Minister Barshaman Pun, Kul Man Ghising, Managing Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority, Andrew McDowell, Vice President of the European Investment Bank, Veronica Cody, European Union Ambassador to Nepal and Roland Schäfer, German Ambassador to Nepal and local government and community representatives.

Crucial connection to harness renewable energy in Nepal

The new transmission link will enable 600 MW of clean energy generated from hydropower plants, including independent power producers, on the Trishuli River corridor to be connected to Nepal’s national electricity grid and upgrade existing electricity distribution to enable a more reliable supply of energy.

“Over the coming years investment in clean energy will support sustainable development across Nepal and significantly increase use of renewable energy sources. The Chilime-Trishuli transmission line highlights how technical and financial cooperation between the Nepal Electricity Authority and European partners benefits our country and helps to harness low-carbon power sources.” said Kul Man Ghishing, Managing Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority. 

New link to expand provision of electricity to rural communities

The distribution scheme under the transmission system will also enable households in remote rural communities to benefit from first time access to electricity and reduce the need for expensive generators and cooking fuels.

European commitment to improve access to electricity in Nepal

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