India sets tariff rate for power sale to Pakistan
India has offered to sell 500 megawatt (MW) of electricity to power-deficient Pakistan at around Rs 7-8 per unit to be delivered at the Wagah-Attari border.
“India has proposed a tariff of Rs 7-8 for a unit of power, which is almost similar to the electricity tariff prevalent in that country. Further discussions on tariff and technicalities on wheeling out power will be held soon,” a senior power ministry official was quoted as saying by media. On the Indian side, the Central Electricity Authority and Power Grid Corporation will be the nodal technical agencies, while Pakistan has assigned the job to National Transmission and Despatch Company and the chief engineering adviser.
Officials said there was a broad agreement that cross-border trading through HVDC (high voltage direct current) coupling ‘ as is being done with Bangladesh ‘ could be considered to ensure the independent operation of both the grids.
Lahore has complete transmission lines and grids, which are near the grid in Punjab. So, it will be economical to transfer power through Amritsar, officials said.