Kathmandu, Dec. 7 -- Privately-owned Hewa Khola Hydropower Project is losing out on Rs200 million in revenue annually as it can't feed the electricity it generates into the national grid for lack of adequate transmission lines. The 15 MW plant located in Panchthar in eastern Nepal produces electricity worth Rs450 million annually, but its entire output cannot be transferred to the national grid over the existing 33 kV power line.

"On average, we sell electricity worth Rs250 million annually to the Nepal Electricity Authority, incurring a loss of Rs200 million per year," said Pushpa Jyoti Dhungana, managing director of the project. "We are bearing unbearable losses due to delays in the completion of the Kabeli Corridor Transmission Line."...