Govt seeks to enhance power generation to 42,467MW by 2018

ISLAMABAD: The government is embarking on an ambitious plan to enhance power generation from the existing 22,570MW to 42,467MW by 2018.

Sharing details, official sources said that as many as 880MW including 400MW solar and 480MW would be added to the nation grid in 2015, 1590MW (600 solar, 340MW nuclear and 650MW wind) in 2016, 5,985MW (coal 1,320MW, hydropower, 3,805MW, nuclear 340MW and 520MW wind) in 2017 and 11,442MW (11,220MW coal and 222MW hydropower) in 2018. Since its inception the government has completed delayed projects of 2100MW, which were added to the national grid. Many power projects are nearing completion and the government would be able to add 13,000MWs to the national grid by 2017.

The sources said that the new energy policy 2013 also envisages increasing power generation from 12,200 megawatts to 26,800 megawatts. The average electricity rates would be reduced from Rs14.70 to Rs10 per unit by shifting the burden from thermal to hydropower plants and switching to cheaper alternative fuel such as coal to benefit the masses and reduce the cost of production of goods. The sources said that currently the share of hydropower in the total energy mix is hardly 30% and the energy policy aims to boost its share to 70% by building both large and small dams and carrying out some other initiatives to increase generation from 23,000MW to 34,824MW.

Coal-fired, run-of-the-river and biomass power projects were launched on a priority basis to improve the energy mix, they said. They said that work has been expedited to import 1,100MW from Iran and 1,000MW from Central Asian states to bridge the electricity shortfall. Under the umbrella of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the sources said, two lists of projects were agreed as part of the package. Early Harvest projects of 10,400MW and Actively Promoted projects of 6,645MW are included in the overall CPEC energy portfolio. Groundbreaking of three wind projects of 200MW, one hydropower project of 720MW and one solar power project of 900MW had already performed by the Chinese president and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on April 20.


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