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GE Wins Order to Upgrade Power Grid Infrastructure in Nepal

In 2016, the Government of Nepal had set out plans to install an additional 10,000MW of generation capacity over 10 years and export the excess electricity to neighbouring countries.

Now, the recent project aims to enhance Nepal’s power transmission capacity by adding approximately 1,000 Megawatts (MW) of renewable energy onto the country’s grid.

April 03, 2021

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GE Renewable Energy has been awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to upgrade the electricity grid infrastructure in Nepal. Its Grid Solutions business will upgrade three gas-insulated substations (GIS) in Barhabise, Khimti, and Lapsiphedi, with the modern substations expected to deliver uninterrupted hydropower to households outside the capital city of Kathmandu that don’t have access to the national grid.

In 2016, the Government of Nepal set out plans to install an additional 10,000MW of generation capacity over 10 years and export the excess electricity to neighbouring countries.

Mr. Hitendra Dev Shakya, Managing Director of Nepal Electricity Authority, which awarded the contract, said: “The project is a crucial step towards meeting our vision of providing sustainable, reliable, and affordable power to all in Nepal.”

The project aims to enhance Nepal’s power transmission capacity by adding approximately 1,000 Megawatts (MW) of renewable energy onto the country’s grid, providing access to reliable electricity for hundreds of thousands of households. It is also expected to enable Nepal to trade the excess power with neighbouring countries.

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Mr. Pitamber Shivnani, President & CEO, GE’s Grid Solutions, South Asia, said: “We are proud to partner with Nepal Electricity Authority to upgrade Nepal’s transmission infrastructure. More than 90% of power utilities around the world have been equipped with GE’s grid technology.”