On Tuesday Abid Sher, State Minister of Water and Power, claimed – once more – that there would be full day provision of electricity across the country with no load shedding. However he did mention that those areas where people don’t pay their electricity bills and where power theft ratio is high will be monitored.
This was stated when he was talking to the media about power transmission and generation projects at the WAPDA House. The Managing Director of National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) Dr. Fiaz Ahmad Chaudhry was also present in the meeting.
Sher claimed that during the summer, power outages would be reduced to three hours per day for urban areas and four hours in rural areas. He said that this will be done to try and reduce load-shedding as much as possible, especially in the month of Ramadan.
He added that due to various energy projects having being completed quickly, the duration of loadshedding has gone down resultantly from eighteen hours per day in 2013 to just three hours a day now.
“Our government is all committed to enhancing overall electricity generation capacity by 13000 megawatts in its five-year term and so far it has added 4100 megawatts to the system,” he said.
13,000 MW to be Added to the National Grid
The current government also plans to add 13000 megawatts to the system by laying down new transmission lines and building more electricity generating projects. This will double the total electricity generation to 26500 megawatts.
Further he also said the Prime Minister is fulfilling his promise to the people that he would provide cheap electricity to every consumer which he planned on doing by completing all energy generation projects through the employment of alternative energy sources as well such as hydel, gas, coal, wind, solar, and even biomass.
Three new power generation projects at Bhikki, Balloki, and Haveli Bahadur Shah have a total capacity of 3600mw and will be generating electricity by April of next year at full capacity. All three are re-gasifies liquefied natural gas (RLNG) based.
The plant at Nandipur will be converted to gas fuel thus adding another 525mw to the grid till the same date.
Other power generation projects include Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP) which will produce about 969mw and the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant producing 1320mw.
Work is also being started on Dasu Damn, Munda Dam and Diamer-Bhasha Dam by the end of the year while also focusing on the improvement of the transmission lines and grid stations across the country to reduce as much theft, loss, and inefficient distribution as possible.
By the next year the NTDC would also have completed the installation of five new grid stations each producing 500kV and whose transmission lines would stretch for 2000km and be capable of carrying the extra load of 7000MVA. Furthermore, 13 new 220kV grid stations and stretching the transmission to a distance of 1600km carrying a total of 11000MVA load would also be completed at the same time.
In April of this year the Prime Minister is also expected to lay down the foundation stone of Mutyari-Lahore (Phase-I) Transmission Line project which will be completed in two years. In the second phase of the same transmission line, Faisalabad would also be added. With an improved transmission system, the problems faced right now of tripping and low voltage could be resolved faster.
The minister also said that as much as seventy percent of all constraints have been removed by now and the remaining thirty percent will be finished by May 2017. He further added that the circular debt had been brought down to Rs.320 billion right now from the Rs.550 billion in 2013 when the current government took over.