NEA curbs great deal of electricity leakage

This image shows Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Pampha Bhusal, in Kathmandu, on July 29, 2021. Photo: RSS

KATHMANDU: Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has managed to control a great deal of electricity leakage in the first five months of the current fiscal year, thanks to its consistent and effective strategic moves.

According to NEA, the leakage has been reduced to 9.10%. This is 2.82% lesser than that during the same period last fiscal year. Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Pampha Bhusal had instructed the Authority’s leadership to leave no stone unturned to control electricity leakages.

Distribution has the biggest share among the electricity leakages. The NEA has aimed to reduce the overall leakages to 15.5% within the current fiscal year and 9.5% within the distribution.

Efforts to curb technical and non-technical leakages will be made more effective and all teams have been mobilized accordingly, said NEA Executive Director Kulman Ghising.

According to Ghising, electricity leakages were reduced significantly due to a number of factors such as the construction of new sub-stations, upgrading of the existing sub-stations, increased usage of electricity in the industrial areas and making metre reading more effective among others.

Changing old transformers, encouraging consumers to use 3-phase metres, adding conductors and regular monitoring on hooking among others also led to control of electricity leakages.

The NEA had also taken stern action against those with huge arrears to clear. The NEA said that the highest electricity leakages were recorded in Madhesh Province.

The overall electricity leakages of all 23 distribution centres under the provincial office in Janakpur stands at 12.99 per cent. In Bagmati Province, Sindhupalchok Distribution Centre records the highest electricity leakages- 31.93%.




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