US based MCC begins work for ETP and RMP in Nepal

The US-based bilateral foreign aid agency Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has begun preparatory works for the implementation of the electricity transmission project (ETP) and road maintenance project (RMP) in Nepal. The total cost of the projects is  $630 million, of which $500 million is provided by MCC and the remaining $130 million is provided by the Nepalese government. The ETP entails the construction of up to 318 km of 400 kV lines connecting Nanglebhare to Gorakhpur via Nuwakot, Damauli and Butwal, which will evacuate electricity equivalent to five times the current installed generating capacity of Nepal. In addition, it will include the construction of a second cross-border transmission line between Butwal (Nepal) and Gorakhpur (India) to facilitate electricity trade with India, and the construction of substations in Butwal to help Nepal consolidate electricity generated from hydro projects under construction. Stantec will provide project management services for the ETP. The preparatory work will be completed within 11 months, to begin the construction work on the project on the stipulated date. MCC is expected to begin the implementation of the line from June 30, 2020.

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