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PM Oli observes Pirris Hydropower Plant in Costa Rica

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SAN JOSE—Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli observed the Pirris Hydroelectricity Plant at Eolik Park, Los Santos in Costa Rica on Sunday.

PM Oli and the Nepali delegation was welcomed by the hydroelectric plant’s chief enginner German Urena DB Errias at Eolik Park and briefed about the project.

Director of the Costa Rica Institution of Electricity (ICE) Roberto Kiros gave information on other aspects of the project.

Renewable energy occupies 98.1 per cent of the energy output of Costa Rica. Of this energy output, 80 per cent is hydroelectricity. Generally, cent per cent energy demand of Costa Rica is supplied by renewable energy for around 75 days every year.

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ICE produces 70.27 per cent of the total energy generated in Costa Rica while the business community produces 10.25 per cent, the private sector 9.29 per cent and 10.18 per cent under the build-own-operate and transfer (BOOT) model.

Costa Rica sells electricity to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and panama. These countries share an electricity distribution system for this purpose. Pirris Hydroelectricity Plant generates 134 Megawatts electricity and this is a dam-based project located on the Pirris River.

On the occasion, PM Oli was accompanied by his spouse Radhika Shakya. PM Oli’s Chief Advisor Bishnu Rimal, Secretary at the Foreign Ministry, Shanker Das Bairagi, Chief of Protocol Deepak Adhikari and senior officers of the government of Nepal were Present on the occasion.

On the occasion, Nepali students studying at United World College, Costa Rica, had performed Nepali songs and dances.

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Massive fire guts property worth millions in Itahari

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ITAHARI- Goods, raw materials and equipments worth over Rs 20 million were gutted when a fire broke out at the Laxmi Foam Industry at Khanar of Itahari Sub-metropolitan City-10 in Sunsari district this morning.

It is said the fire suddenly broke out from the warehouse area of the industry where the ready-made goods are stored. Police have speculated that the fire started at 4 am when the industry had already closed and there were no workers inside.

The industry is owned by Bhanu Tibadewala. According the Shankar Thakur, the manager at the industry, the raw materials of doormat and important machinery at the industry have also been damaged in the inferno.

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Nepal Army, the Armed Police Force and the Nepal Police personnel as well as the Itahari fire brigade made attempts to douse the fire after some time it started.

Fire trucks from Dharan, Inaruwa, Biratnagar, Duhabi and Sundarharaincha were immediately called into service thereby bringing the huge inferno under control and preventing further damage, said Shiva Kumar Shrestha, Deputy Superintendent of Police at the Area Police Office Itahari.

He said the cause of the fire is not yet ascertained and the extent of damage is being assessed.

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