Nov 24: Bhutan has started importing electricity poles and electrical equipment from three Nepalese manufacturers required for two of its hydropower projects.
Bhutan had selected Mainabatti Steel Industries, Hulas Steel Industries and Bhagwati Steel Industries of Nepal to supply poles worth NRs. 1.11 billion in global tender.
The three manufacturers had jointly bid to supply the equipments.
Bhutan had awarded the contract to the Nepalese companies as they offered quality products at better prices compared to potential suppliers from India and other countries.
The export of power poles to Bhutan has provided relief to export-oriented Nepalese manufacturers troubled by falling sales.
In the last three months Mainabatti Steel Industries exported poles worth US$ 600,000 while Hulas Steel exported 14,000 tons of electrical poles.
Nepal exported 1,520 tons of electricity poles worth NRs. 112.09 million via Kakkarbhitta to Bhutan during the first three months of the current fiscal year.