Kathmandu, 18 March 2019,


Under the Nepal Distribution System and Rural Electrification Master Plan that Gesto is developing for the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) – The project started in January 2018 and will be developed until the end of 2019 – Gesto developed an intense capacity building training programme: for ten weeks, Gesto team performed a series of trainings to NEA engineers across the country.


This capacity building program took place at each of the Regional Offices (Biratnagar, Hetauda, Pokhara, Janakpur, Nepalgunj, Butwal and Attariya) plus Kathmandu where staff from each of the distribution centers was trained on how to map the existing grid under their distribution centers domain using field knowledge, GIS software and satellite imagery. The attendants then returned to their base and a follow-up mission from the trainers occurred a few weeks after for data collection, validation and quality control.


The capacity building program included trainings with specific work sessions developed as a partnership between GESTO and NEA engineering staff at the Distribution Center (DC) and Regional Office levels, in an effort to capture the grid knowledge in the fastest and most cost-effective manner possible, while ensuring that the capacity to continue mapping was transferred to the utility so the dataset can be updated as needed.  The program involved training of at least one engineer at every DC nationwide (or 2 or 3 at larger DCs), plus 2 or more staff at each RO for oversight of the mapping and aggregation and checking of data as it comes in from the DCs. In the end, more than 150 NEA staff were trained.


The practical end results (actual map of the MV grid) which were one of the main purposes of these training sessions will be published upon project completion.

The Nepal Distribution System and Rural Electrification Master Plan project has the objective to develop Nepal’s first distribution system and rural electrification master plan, helping NEA to bring reliable, affordable and sustainable electricity services to all households and businesses in Nepal until 2027.