Nepal struggles to cope with electricity demand

Nepal continues to struggle with its electricity demand with hours of load shedding across the country. Load shedding is when utilities switch off power supplies as they fail to provide […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Nepal continues to struggle with its electricity demand with hours of load shedding across the country.

Load shedding is when utilities switch off power supplies as they fail to provide the required demand.

Reports claim the Government is expected to add around 70MW of electricity to its national grid but it is said this will not help meet the country’s national demand.

The Ministry of Energy said the operation of six hydro projects will contribute the energy, with the total electricity production reaching 780MW.

However, reports claim the load shedding hours in the country will not decrease. Nepal currently faces around 35 hours per week of rolling blackout due to power shortages.

The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has estimated the demand for electricity could reach 1163MW by the end of the current fiscal year.

In another move meant to help with the problems, reports claim the Government plans to import electricity from India and power around 335,000 households.