In a project that is the first of its kind, linking India and Nepal for cross border trade of surplus power, IL&FS has implemented a high capacity electrical highway for bulk power exchange between the two countries. Functioning in synchronous mode, the 400 kV D/C transmission line, comprises about 90 km in India and 40 km in Nepal, with a designed capacity of 1,000 MW.
Innovations and Impact
- By mitigating power shortages and creating economic transformation opportunities in both countries, the project will strengthen Indo-Nepal bilateral relations. The Public Private Partnership mode and the cross-country equity participation by the stakeholders helped mitigate the construction, operation and commercial risks of the project.
- Initially, the transmission line is being used to export power from India to Nepal, which is currently reeling under acute power shortages. In the near future, Nepal will utilize this line to export power to India from its abundant hydro projects, which typically take 8-10 years to complete.
- IL&FS has driven the project from inception till commissioning, which included conceptualization, building stakeholder consensus, structuring the commercial framework, and project development such as securing clearances, route surveys, and selection of EPC contractor for the line. Further during the construction stage, IL&FS provided an oversight mechanism over project management.
- This Transmission Line was commissioned in a record time of 24 months from Notice-to-Proceed to the EPC contractor.