Nepal: A huge increase in electricity demand in the past few months has taken a toll over the distribution mechanism of Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts in Nepal, with the state-owned utility Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) running out of stock of transformers.
Due to a heavy growth in the energy demand, a large number of transformers have malfunctioned and the NEA has no stock left to replace them, reports The China Post.
Cities such as Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur need transformers with at least 100 kVA, 200 kVA or 300 kVA, and NEA only has 25 kVA and 50 kVA transformers in stock, the NEA said.
According to the NEA, 446 transformers exploded in the three districts from 22 September 2016, when India imposed sanctions on Nepal, to 29 December.
According to NEA, of the total number of transformers which have exploded, 199 transformers were manufactured by Nepali companies, 106 had been imported from mainland China, 76 from India, 42 from Japan, 11 from the United Kingdom, five from Thailand, five from South Korea and two from the West Indies.
Source: The China Post