Pakistan has chalked out a plan to add 74,448 megawatts of production capacity to the system from 120 new power projects in the next 20 years. The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has recently published a study titled “Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan 2018-40.”
“In the year 2040, the nominal production capacity in the system will stand at 98,091MW against projected peak load (demand) of 80,425MW,” it maintained.
The hydel plants will have a significant share in power production, followed by domestic coal and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
“By the year 2040, the total share of hydropower in the upcoming generation additions will be approximately 25,047MW,” the report mentioned.
Since 2018, the country’s power production has been able to meet the demand, the report highlighted, adding that the national grid generated surplus electricity on multiple occasions.
This year, the gap between capacity and demand is steadily increasing. Currently, the system has around 17,600MW of installed capacity.
The study projected a wide gap of around 13,000MW between the two parameters with surplus capacity.
The minimal cumulative capacity in 2032 will be around 62,979MW against the peak load of 50,306MW.
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has uploaded the report on its website, inviting stakeholders’ feedback before giving it a final shape.
Some of the power projects mentioned in the report are listed below:
- Matiltan hydel power plant – 84MW
- Dasu stage-I project – 2,160MW
- Mohmand Dam – 800 MW
- Diamer Bhasha Dam – 4,500MW
- 36 different Thar coal-based power units – 23,760MW
- Gas/LNG turbine – 400MW
- Solar power plants – 6,000MW
- Wind power plants – 7,000MW