ISLAMABAD: Around 10,000 MW electricity would be added to the national grid after completion of a number of power generation projects by the year 2018.
The country was able to produce upto 16,000 MW during the last 70 years while with the efforts of the present government, an additional 10,000 MW would be available in next two years, a senior official in the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms informed here on Friday.
He said, under a long term plan, the country would have an additional generation capacity of 30,948 MW by the year 2022 through Neelum Jhelum, Chashma nuclear, wind, hydel, LNG, Jamshoro Coal and Bagasse power projects.
Around 8,630 MW would be generated under the prioritized China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects in the same period.
Under the Power Generation Policy 2015, several initiatives were taken including Transmission Lines Investment Policy, focus on Coal Based Power, LNG Based Power, CPEC power generation projects of 8630 MW, production through LNG – 3600 MWs and the CASA-1000 project.
Under the policy, to facilitate new IPPs, 12,113 MW of electricity would be generated.
According to a breakdown of power generation by year 2022, a total of 30,948 MWs would be generated; of which 38% would be obtained from Hydel, 14% from Renewable, 16% from imported coal, 13% from indigenous coal, 12% from imported LNG and 7% from nuclear.
Under the CPEC, the work was in progress on the $ 36 billion power projects and the completion of these projects will make the country self-sufficient in power sector.
It was clarified that the inflow of foreign capital in power projects under CPEC was investment and not loan.
Under the Prime Minister’s direction, transparency was being ensured in all power projects including wind, hydral, coal and solar.
In 2016, the estimated investment in the power sector was estimated to be US$ 3,617 million.
In 2017 it was expected to be US$ 11,420 million and by 2019-22 it would be US$ 36,084 million.
The customer service has also been improved through enhanced employee efficiency and reduction in response time.
Daily payment instructions to generation companies were also published on website including payments made to IPPs and power sector entities.
Similarly the performance of DISCOs was also published on website on quarterly basis.
Work was going on to upgrade and improve the transmission lines and network, adding, line losses have decreased while power generation increased.
In 2013, the country faced a power deficit of 5500 MW and its industrial and urban sectors were facing 12 hours loadshedding,
while the rural areas faced 14 hours power outage leading to low industrial output, higher unemployment and loss of economic growth.
An integrated energy management center would be set up to optimize demand and supply of electricity in the country.-APP