Govt to put 13,000MW power to national grid by next year: Sources

ISLAMABAD: Present government of Pakistan planned to add over 13,000MW power into the national grid by the year 2017, Official sources said.

According to sources on Wednesday, it is hoped that Pakistan will get rid of the nagging problem of power outages during the incumbent government’s tenure.

The electricity shortage was 7,000MW on assumption of charge by present government in 2013. Various long and short-term measures were initiated immediately to address energy crisis.

The government had set target to add 21,000MW electricity into national grid within in next eight to ten years. The government retired circular debt worth Rs 480 billion, resulting in an addition of 1,752MW to the national grid, thereby providing prompt relief to the people.

Year 2015 remained the most stable as well as the best period for generation of power during the last ten years due to lowest line losses in terms of technicalities and recovery.

There was 5.8% reduction in the line losses during the Year due to better monitoring and robust strategy to eliminate corruption and leakages. Rs 51 billion increase was noticed in recoveries while Rs 10 billion were saved due to decrease in the line losses. Due to better generation cost monitoring, Rs 57 billion were saved. The fuel stocks in the country are in excellent shape; peak generation of power was 17,000MW during last year as a result of better efficiency and management. Year 2015 was the only year that witnessed the start of facilitation to new IPPs that will generate 12,000MW of electricity.

This will not only minimise load shedding in different parts of the country but will also contribute to economic growth and infrastructural development of the country. The government has started groundbreaking power project at Port Qasim; 10 coal-fired power projects with a capacity of 660MW each were being initiated at Gadani in Baluchistan, which would add in total 6,600MW electricity to the national grid. 3,500MW electricity will be generated from the Diamer Bashah Dam in Gilgit-Baltistan and 950MW from Neelum-Jhelum power project next year. 1,320 MW project consisting on small projects in Jamashoro, Rahim Yar Khan, Muzaffargarh, Sahiwal and Jhang is
being installed.

Nandipur Thermal Power Project has been completed a long time ago and successfully adding 425MW in the system. 969MW will be available adding the expansion work on Tarbela IV and V project and this will be completed in 2017 with total production of 2,760MW power.

Uch power plant 404MW along with independent power plant at Dera Murad Jamali have been constructed which will add an aggregate of 990MW electricity to the national grid. Diamer-Basha and Dasu dams are under construction and will add 9,000MW in the future.

China has also pledged to install many energy projects worth $6 billion in the next five years. 10,000 to 12, 000MW of electricity will be produced under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative. Balloki power plant would also generate affordable electricity and create job opportunities.

Furthermore, work is underway on Neelum-Jhelum and Tarbela-4 projects, which would be completed in 2017 and 2018. The government has decreased line losses and improved recovery in last one year.

Foundation of atomic energy plant has also been laid in Karachi. China will provide technical and financial assistance for this project, which will produce 2200 MW electricity till the end of 2017.

The government’s strategy to convert furnace power plants into coal power plants is aiming at minimising extra burden on the import of oil and to provide people with electricity at lower prices will also minimize trade deficit.

The government completed delayed projects of 2,100MW, which were added to the national grid.

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