Get­ting the power

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

Pak­istan is all set to im­port 1,200 megawatts of elec­tric­ity from In­dia af­ter the World Bank has of­fered to fi­nance the fea­si­bil­ity study as well as the trans­mis­sion line. Ac­cord­ing to a govern­ment of­fi­cial, Pak­istan will im­port 500MW of power ini­tially, to be en­hanced to 1,200MW at a later stage. The plan will in­volve lay­ing a trans­mis­sion line and would be im­ple­mented within a year.

Pak­istan cur­rently im­ports 35MW elec­tric­ity from Iran to meet en­ergy re­quire­ments of Gwadar, while work on in­creas­ing it by 100MW is go­ing on. The two sides signed an agree­ment on the project in 2007. Pak­istan also has an­other project in the pipe­line for im­port of 1,000MW of elec­tric­ity from Ta­jik­istan un­der the Casa-1000 pro­gram. The coun­try’s power pro­duc­tion ranges be­tween 10,000MW and 16,000MW against a to­tal in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 21,000MW.

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