News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

July 2023

India, Nepal Experts Meet to Finalize Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project

The fourth meeting of experts from India and Nepal on the Pancheshwar Multipurpose Project have agreed to move forward and finalize the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the 6,480 MW project in Nepal. The project is part of the Mahakali treaty signed by the two countries in February 1996. The project aims to generate power, provide irrigation, and mitigate flooding.

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Tags: India, Nepal, Electricity, Energy

July 2023

Bangladesh and Nepal Agree on Long-term Power Trade

The Governments of Bangladesh and Nepal have agreed to sign a long-term power sale agreement that will run for 25 years, according to Mr. Kul Man Ghising, Managing Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority. The Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Limited of India, and the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), are set to sign a tripartite agreement allowing the export of power from Nepal to Bangladesh using Indian territory.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Nepal, Electricity, Energy

April 2022

Bangladesh for Electricity Trade with Nepal

A bilateral meeting between Bangladesh and Nepal discussed the finalization of the process of importing hydropower from Nepal to Bangladesh. Mr. Nasrul Hamid, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of the Government of Bangladesh, stated that Bangladesh can import surplus electricity from Nepal during the summer and monsoon seasons.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Nepal, Electricity

November 2021

Nepal Gets Nod to Sell Electricity in India’s Energy Exchange Market

The Central Electricity Authority of the Government of India gave Nepal the go-ahead to to sell its electricity in India’s power exchange market, the India Energy Exchange Limited, upon the approval of India’s Ministry of Power. Nepal is permitted to sell 39 megawatts (MW) of electricity produced by the 24MW Trishuli Hydropower Project and the 15MW Devighat Hydropower Project. Both projects were developed with Indian assistance.

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Tags: Nepal, India, Electricity

January 2021

India Agrees to Add 100 MW to Nepal's Electricity Import

The Government of India has agreed to sell an additional 100 megawatt of electricity to Nepal. Nepal already imports 250 MW of electricity from India through this transmission line. The new provision increases Nepal’s allowable electricity import from India to up to 800 MW of electricity.

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Tags: India, Nepal, Electricity

August 2020

Bhutan's Electricity Export to India Continues to Increase

Hydropower generation in Bhutan, the country’s biggest export, has increased by 14%. Bhutan’s economic development is linked with the growth of its hydropower sector. Strong growth in hydropower generation can help offset the COVID-19-induced dip in GDP.

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Tags: Bhutan, India, Hydropower, Electricity

July 2020

Nepal Electricity Authority Receives Nod to Conduct Trade with Bangladesh and India

The Government of Nepal gave the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) approval to sell electricity to Bangladesh and India. Approval of Nepal Cabinet allows NEA to fix the price on the basis of competition, according to a report on the Himalayan Times. NEA can engage in electricity trade when domestic production is high and/or when production is low.

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Tags: Nepal, Electricity, Energy, Bangladesh, India

August 2018

Indian Hydropower Firm to Sign Power Purchase Agreement with Bangladesh

India’s GMR Upper Karnali Hydropower Ltd. is set to sign a power purchase agreement with the Bangladesh government to export electricity to be generated by the Upper Karnali Hydropower Project in Nepal. The agreement will serve as a guiding framework for Nepal for exporting surplus electricity to Bangladesh.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Energy, Electricity

January 2018

Bhutan Moves Pipeline Hydropower Projects Forward

The Government of Bhutan is moving forward with Detailed Project Reports for pipeline hydropower projects in the country, including hydropower joint ventures with the Government of India. Bhutan aims to generate another 5,178 megawatts by 2025 from these pipeline projects, including the 1,125 MW Dorjilung project, 2,560 MW Sunkosh project, and 2,640 MW Kuri Gongri project.

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Tags: Bhutan, Hydropower, Energy, Electricity, India

February 2017

India, Nepal Bilateral Meeting Discusses Operational Modality of New Transmission Lines

The Governments of India and Nepal discussed how to bring transmission line projects—the Dhalkebar (Nepal)-Muzaffarpur (India) transmission line, Raxaul (India)-Parwanipur (Nepal) transmission line, and Kataiya (India)-Kushaha (Nepal) transmission line—into operation. They agreed to increase the Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur transmission line to 220 kVa capacity in May 2017, and begin electricity import through the Raxaul-Parwanipur and Kataiya-Kushaha transmission line.

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Tags: India, Nepal, Energy, Transmission, Hydropower, Trade, Electricity