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The Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) has announced that more than 750 MW will be added to the national grid within this fiscal year. According to the state-owned power utility, about half a dozen hydropower projects being developed by its subsidiary and independent power producers will be completed this fiscal year ending mid-July 2019.
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The government is planning to allow China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC), the potential developer of the West Seti Hydropower Project, to revise down its installed capacity if the Chinese company shows adequate commitment to execute it.
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GMR Upper Karnali Hydropower, the Indian company building the 900 MW Upper Karnali Hydropower Project located in western Nepal, is close to signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Bangladeshi government to export electricity generated by the plant.
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Nepal Electricity Authority’s plan to replace overhead electric cables with power lines underground at two locations in the Kathmandu Valley has hit a snag. The project’s financier, Asian Development Bank (ADB), is threatening to pull back from the project if the power utility fails to wrap up the bidding process immediately and appoint contractors for the job.
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Indigenous communities in Lamjung district have demanded that the Marshyangdi Corridor 220 kV Transmission Line Project respect their rights and seek their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before beginning construction.
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KATHMANDU, 
Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Nepal, an entity formed to oversee the implementation of US government-funded projects worth $630 million, is
planning to request the government to include its Electricity Transmission Project in the list of national pride projects.

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