NEA on path of digital makeover

Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) is constructing international level distribution command and control centre for service management of electricity distribution.

The power utility is constructing a well-equipped centre to fulfill the objective of making its service delivery digital and modern.

An international centre with modern facilities is under construction along with a load dispatch centre at Syuchatar in Kathmandu. The work has been started with the aim of completing the construction of the centre within mid-January 2023, said the NEA.

The centre will have a control room of the underground distribution system under construction to automate the power distribution system of the Kathmandu Valley. The substations and switching stations of the Kathmandu Valley will be connected to it.

It will be possible to manage, monitor and control the electricity distribution system reaching the customer’s house below 11 kV from the centre.

In addition, there will be an international level data centre, where all the data, including the server related to the information technology of the NEA, will be integrated.

The construction of civil structures of the distribution command and control centre building has been completed using ‘Prefabricated Containers’.

The three-storey building will a data centre, control room and office, said the NEA.

As the construction of the civil structure has been completed, the connection of the equipment to be placed in the centre will start now and it will take around three months.

Managing Director of NEA Kul Man Ghising urged to complete the project on time as it is important to monitor the construction work onsite and make the service of the NEA international standard using modern information technology.

The contract was signed with Chinese company Yantai Dongfang Wisdom Electric in July 2021 and the construction work started in November.

The estimated cost of the project under construction with the investment of the government of Nepal and concessional loan from the Asian Development Bank is about USD 12 million.

The NEA is working accordingly with the concept of ‘Digital NEA’ to make its services easy, accessible and effective using modern information technology.

In the first phase of modernisation of distribution system and electronic service, smart metres have been installed in the houses of about 98,000 customers under Ratna Park and Maharajgunj Distribution Centre.

In the coming days, smart metres will be gradually installed in the homes of customers across the country, said the NEA.

Source : TRN,