South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Power Transmission and Distribution System Strengthening (ADB-50059-003)

  • Nepal
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Specific Location
Teku, Koteshwor,Thapathali
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  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Bank Risk Rating
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Government of Nepal
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  • Energy
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Oct 22, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Oct 5, 2019

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Project Description
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According to the bank website, "The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide a loan to the Government of Nepal (the government) to (a) upgrade 220/132 kilovolt (kV) substations to 400/220/132 kV substations to enable electricity generated from independent power producer (IPPs) plants in the Khimti hydropower corridor to be exported to India; (b) construction of three 132/11 kV substations in Teku, Koteshwor, and Thapathali which will increase supply capacity into the Kathmandu Valley; (c) modernizing and reinforcing four distribution centers around Kathmandu Valley to be able to meet increasing domestic demand for electricity; and (d) construction of 33 kV, 11 kV, and 0.4 kV lines and substations to facilitate connection of approximately 150,000 new customers in Nepal's Province 2 in the country's southeast region The proposed project complements the efforts of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to strengthen parts of Nepal's high-voltage transmission network and complete Nepal's portion of the second cross-border transmission line with India for increasing electricity trade."

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Responsible ADB Officer Jiwan S. Acharya
Responsible ADB Department South Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Energy Division, SARD
Executing Agencies
Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA)
P. O. Box 5352, Kathmandu, Nepal


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