Chinese JV wins substation contract in Nepal

The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has selected a Chinese contractor to build a 220 kV substation in Barhabise. The planned facility is one of six substations the state-owned power utility is building to improve power distribution in the Kathmandu Valley and adjoining districts.

The contract, worth $8.79 million and Rs315.38 million ($4.95M), was awarded to a joint venture of Guangxi Transmission and Substation Construction Co and Shenzhen Clou Electronics last December.

According to the project office, the contractor is required to complete construction within two years of the contract between the NEA and the joint venture becomes effective.

Once the substation becomes operational, electricity produced by hydropower projects in Sindhupalchok district and nearby areas will be fed into it.

The NEA has already chosen two contractors for the construction of five substations at various locations in the Kathmandu Valley. Pinggao Group Co has been chosen to build 132 kV substations at Mulpani, Phutung and Chapagaon. Likewise, Sinosteel Company has been picked to erect 220 kV substations at Lapsiphedi and Changu Narayan.

The six substations are being constructed as part of the Power Transmission and Distribution Efficiency Enhancement Project, worth $180 million, being executed by the Nepal government in association with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Source: Kathmandu Post