Thursday, January 8, 2009

16 hrs a day without power?!?!?

Sixteen hours daily load shedding likely from next week The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) officials have said that they could increase the daily load shedding hours from 12 hours currently to 16 hours from as early as Sunday. Earlier the NEA officials had been saying that they could impose 16 hours of daily load shedding only after one month. But, they have changed their tone now. “We thought we could gradually progress the load shedding hours from 12 to 14 to 16 hours a day. But it looks like we have to jump to 16 hours very soon,” said Sher Singh Bhat, chief of system operation department of NEA. Bhat said the primary reason for the scaling up in load shedding hours is due to receding water flow in rivers, which has severely limited the generation capacity of most of the hydro projects. The NEA has said that while the peak demand has risen to around 800 MW, it is able to supply less than 300 MW. Jan 09 09

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