Linxon has commissioned the first 400 kV Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) at Dhalkebar, Nepal on behalf of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA).
The operation of the Dhalkebar substation is an important milestone for Nepal’s hydropower sector and is the first 400 kV substation to enter operation in the country.
The substation was energized, allowing the 400 kV Muzaffarpur (India) – Dhalkebar (Nepal) line to come into operation on November 11, 2020. During an inauguration ceremony on February 1, 2021, NEA has presented a certificate of commendation to Linxon India for the completion.
Completion of this project will facilitate the transmission up to 1,000 megawatts of electricity through Nepal’s first ever high-voltage cross-border transmission line. The substation, being the major hub for power exchange between Nepal and India, will ease the process of importing power and help meet the demand for electricity in Nepal.
“We wish to congratulate NEA on this successful commissioning and thank them for the confidence they have shown in us. We are proud of our collaboration and of the achievements of our execution team in Nepal, who safely steered the project through many challenges to its final completion”, said Frederic Trefois, CEO of Linxon.
The Linxon scope of supply included testing and commissioning of the high voltage equipment, (15 bays with two bus bars, three 315 MVA transformers and an 80 MVAR reactor) as well as the provision of all necessary civil works associated with the scope.
“Even during this adverse situation of COVID19 pandemics, Linxon has completed Nepal’s first Dhalkebar 400kV GIS Substation which shall play strategically as a hub for power transmission network of Nepal,” said Dirghayu K Shrestha, deputy managing director, Chief Transmission, Directorate Nepal Electricity Authority.