In­dia sets tar­iff rate for power sale to Pak­istan

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NEW DELHI

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.

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