End­ing power load­shed­ding by 2018 no more a dream

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

ISLAMABAD—Sec­re­tary Min­istry Wa­ter and Power Muham­mad Younus Dagha, Thurs­day, claimed that there would be no power load shed­ding in the coun­try by 2018, say­ing, the gov­ern­ment was tak­ing con­crete mea­sures in this re­gard. He ob­served that a multi-pronged strat­egy was be­ing pur­sued to over­come the coun­try’s grow­ing en­ergy needs which would help jack up power gen­er­a­tion up to around 20,000 MW in 2018 and around 53000 MW in 2022, the sec­re­tary pro­jected.

“Bring­ing power load shed­ding to zero level is not a dream now, given so many power projects in line on the gov­ern­ment’s part, it will be­come a real­ity by 2018,” the sec­re­tary ob­served while speak­ing as chief guest at en­ergy con­fer­ence held here. Sim­i­larly, he added Al­ter­na­tive En­ergy De­vel­op­ment Board had been es­tab­lished, which was also mak­ing sev­eral ini­tia­tives to add more power through re­new­able en­ergy means. He said 25 schemes were in line to har­ness wind and so­lar for power gen­er­a­tion, ad­ding around 1700 MW through wind projects and 1000 MW would be avail­able through so­lar en­ergy-ori­ented projects by 2018.

He said the gov­ern­ment was also pur­su­ing plans to save en­ergy through con­ser­va­tion and aus­ter­ity mea­sures and pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ments were be­ing con­sulted in this re­gard. He added en­ergy con­ser­va­tive body was be­ing re­vived to dis­cour­age wastage of en­ergy and fine for not us­ing ef­fi­cient power de­vices. He said the body would rec­om­mend en­ergy ef­fi­cient ap­pli­ances, which would help a great deal to save en­ergy. He said trans­mis­sion in­fras­truc­ture had been re­vamped and in past the sys­tem could not carry more than 15500 MW and now the sys­tem was grad­u­ally sus­tain­ing as more power was be­ing added to the sys­tem, he added.

He said con­fi­dence of pri­vate sec­tor had been re­stored and cir­cu­lar debt had been capped at min­i­mum level while in past the in­tra-cor­po­rate debts would add up to Rs 15 bil­lion each month. He said re­cov­ery mea­sures had been launched yield­ing re­sults and in 2015 Rs 51 bil­lion were re­cov­ered, speak­ing highly vol­umes about sin­cer­ity of the gov­ern­ment on this front. He said line losses had been re­stricted and dues had been cleared to power gen­er­a­tion com­pa­nies. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Shah Je­han Mirza, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Pri­vate Power In­fras­truc­ture Board (PPIB) said the board served as one win­dow fa­cil­i­ta­tor to pro­mote pri­vate sec­tor par­tic­i­pa­tion in the power sec­tor of the coun­try.

He said the Board fa­cil­i­tated in­vestors in es­tab­lish­ing pri­vate power projects and added the in­vest­ment friendly power pol­icy had been in­tro­duced which of­fered a num­ber of in­cen­tives for pri­vate sec­tors. Among others, he said, the pol­icy doc­u­ment fea­tured an at­trac­tive re­turn on eq­uity in tar­iff, which had en­cour­aged in­vest­ment in the power sec­tor. Re­cently, he added, the board re­cently ap­proved two pri­vate sec­tor power projects based on Thar Coal. Hub Power Com­pany Lim­ited would build 330 MW Power Project at Block-II of Thar, Sindh while an­other 330 MW power project would be com­pleted at the same block of Thar by Thal Power (Pri­vate) Lim­ited. He said the PPIB would also in­vite pro­pos­als for de­vel­op­ment hy­dro projects, which add more power to the sys­tem.

How­ever, he un­der­lined the need for tak­ing ef­fec­tive mea­sures to over­come cer­tain chal­lenges in­clud­ing mak­ing gen­er­a­tion mix more sus­tain­able for con­sumers, evolv­ing medium to long-term in­te­grated plan­ning, ex­pan­sion and up gra­da­tion trans­mis­sion sys­tem and im­prove­ment in re­cov­ery from con­sumers to over­come sup­ply and de­mand gap which had swollen up to 6000MW with an­nual growth of six to seven per­cent.

Ger­man Am­bas­sador to Pak­istan Ina Le­pel said Pak­istan was needed to take lessons from her coun­try which had suc­cess­fully over­come en­ergy is­sues. She was of the view that Pak­istan was needed to ex­ploit re­new­able en­ergy re­sources for bridg­ing sup­ply and de­mand gap, which had wit­nessed rise over the years. ExChair­man, Pak­istan Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion (PAEC) Dr. An­sar Parvez ex­pressed the hope that such events will be help­ful for hav­ing fruit­ful dis­cus­sion on dif­fer­ent op­tions to over­come en­ergy cri­sis.

Project Di­rec­tor, China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC) Maj. gen. (R) Dr. Zahir Shah said that the project was not only ben­e­fi­cial for two coun­tries but for en­tire re­gion, ad­ding, the project was not against any coun­try. He said that the com­po­nent of the project in­clud­ing road network, in­dus­trial zones, power gen­er­a­tion, upgra­da­tion and ini­ti­a­tion of ex­ist­ing in­fras­truc­ture of var­i­ous sec­tors. He said that there was con­sen­sus on project of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties while cer­tain rec­om­men­da­tions of Khy­berPakhtunkhwa prov­ince were also dis­cussed in work­ing group and other fo­rums. He said that the gov­ern­ment will en­sure se­cu­rity of Chi­nese work­force while pro­fes­sion­al­ism will be en­sured in the project.

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Pak­istan House Rana Athar said that as there was en­ergy de­fi­ciency so all sources of en­ergy should be availed in­clud­ing nu­clear en­ergy to over­come de­mand and sup­ply gap. Coal Tech­nol­o­gist- Pun­jab Min­eral Com­pany (Pvt) Ltd, Us­man Za­far said that coun­try has enough re­sources of coal and urged to give more fo­cus on this sec­tor. CEO K-Elec­tric Tayyab Ta­reen and Muham­mad Naeem Qureshi, Man­ag­ing Edi­tor-Monthly En­ergy Up­date Magazine also spoke on the oc­ca­sion call­ing for ef­fec­tive mea­sures to over­come the en­ergy cri­sis. Za­far Muzaf­far Ad­vi­sor to Min­is­ter Pe­tro­leum, Na­heed Me­mon, Chair­per­son Sindh Board of In­vest­ment, Engr. Me­hfooz A. Qazi, Di­rec­tor Al­ter­na­tive En­ergy, En­ergy De­part­ment also spoke on the oc­ca­sion.—APP

LA­HORE: Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture Dr. Far­rukh Javed (Sit­ting in cen­tre) pre­sid­ing over Agri Trade Con­fer­ence ar­ranged by the Em­bassy of the Nether­lands and Pun­jab Board of In­vest­ment and Trade.

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