Getting the power
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.