The present Government while taking prompt steps for eliminating the electricity shortage has made a number of decisions and executed many projects accordingly. These are now bearing fruits and the country is about to enter into an era of abundance of electricity for public and economy. However, we are cognizant of the fact that there are still complex issues in the sector which require further work and diligence.
The Government is assessing the power sector issues in its entirety and will soon come up with a comprehensive plan for future course of action. This was said by the Federal Minister for Power Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari while presiding over 11th meeting of Private Power and Infrastructure Board held here today. He said that the Power Division is assessing and analyzing the demand & supply scenarios and evaluating the ground situation to prepare future course of action for power sector.
The Board was briefed that in order to further ensure the elimination of load shedding and have some backup for unforeseen outages, CCE has approved 1250 MW RLNG based power generation project near Trimmu Barrage in District Jhang, Punjab.
This project having estimated cost of US$ 802 million was approved in today’s meeting for further processing.The project is targeted to start generating power in simple cycle mode by December 2018. The Board also decided to advertise 132 MW Rajdhani Hydropower Project on Poonch River in AJ&K under the provisions of Power Policy 2015. Setting up of hydropower projects will improve energy mix in the country and reduce dependence on imported fuels. The establishment of this project will also be instrumental in generating economic activities as well as creating employment opportunities for the people of the area. The Board was informed the hydropower has been the top priority of PPIB. Currently, 4 projects of approximately 1850 MW are under construction while another 1124 MW Kohala Hydropower Project will achieve Financial Close early next year.In order to facilitate the Sponsors in the implementation of their project the Board allowed extension in signing of project agreements (IA and TSA) to Pak Matiari-Lahore Transmission
Company (Pvt) Limited which is developing first ever private transmission line project of the country and will also be the first ever HVDC transmission line in Pakistan i.e. +660kV Matiari-Lahore Transmission Project having designed capacity of transmitting electricity of 4000 MW. The Project is being sponsored by China Electric Power Equipment & Tech. Co.
Ltd (CET) a subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) framework. This project is of great national importance as it is aimed to evacuate electricity from upcoming coal based power projects which are located in southern parts of country.
Managing Director Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) Mr. Shah Jahan Mirza briefed the Board on various power generation projects which include CPEC and non-CPEC projects being handled by PPIB, while overall situation of the country’s demand-supply also came under discussion. Mr. Mirza briefed that currently PPIB is handling portfolio of thirty two IPPs of more than 20500 MW which are based on hydro, coal & RLNG fuels plus a +660kV HVDC Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line Project out of which twelve projects of around 11000 MW and Transmission Line Project is being implemented by PPIB under the CPEC framework. The Board was briefed that majority of these projects are at advance stages of implementation, some are the process declaring COD/testing and commissioning, some are under construction, while others are under Financial Closing and Pre-Financial Closing stages.
The Minister and Board members expressed their satisfaction on the progress of ongoing power generation & transmission projects being handled by PPIB and urged PPIB to keep abreast on the progress of said projects which are of vital importance in stimulating our economic growth by promoting allied businesses in infrastructure development and creating employment opportunities. The Federal Minister said that the present government has announced various incentives through the power policy of 2015, and while lauding PPIB on its efforts for attracting record investment in the power sector, he said that the facilitation extended to the new investors in power sector should be further enhanced to support local and international investors.