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Incumbent govt launches elaborate reforms Programme in power sector

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Balochistan Times

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government inherited host of power sector challenges including system constraints, fast rising circular debts, inefficiencies driven by corruption, theft, growing burden of tariff, non-rationalization and lack of policy decisions leading towards shattering of confidence of foreign investors.

However, the incumbent government since its inception gave due attention to address all power sector problems besides bringing reforms into the entire sector, according to a report released here Tuesday about the two year performance of PTI government.

Under the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the government devised a plan to ensure access to affordable, sustainable and indigenous electricity for all by 2030 as well as developing the most efficient and consumer centric Power generation, transmission and distribution system and to achieve Renewable Energy targets of 20% of energy mix by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

Plan was also devised to reduce energy intensity of the GDP, reduce line losses to the permissible limit, country-wide campaign against theft of electricity and recovery campaign against current and dead defaulter.

Under the new initiative plan, Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) is currently handling a portfolio of twenty five ongoing projects of 13,747 MW cumulative power generation.

In a major breakthrough towards implementation of $ 2.4 billion 1,124 MW Kohala Hydro Power Project, agreements of the Kohala Hydropower have been signed on 25th June 2020.

This latest development has paved the way for achievement of Financial Close which PPIB is targeting to be achieved by 30th June 2021.

The 1124 MW Run-off-the-River Kohala Hydro Power Project under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the largest foreign direct investment in any IPP of the country and also in AJ and K.

The Power Sector of Pakistan witnessed another big day towards harnessing hydro power generation with the signing of project agreements for development of 700.7 MW Azad Pattan Hydro power on 6th July, 2020.

This development will pave the way for achievement of Financial Close of the Project which is targeted to be achieved by 31st December 2020.

The project will not only bring in valuable foreign direct investment of $ 1.35 billion but will generate cheap and clean energy of about 3,265 GWh per year to the national grid by 2027.

Under Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), three wind projects of 150 MW achieved Commercial Operation Date (COD). Similarly 2 Bagasse Projects of 58 MW have also achieved COD.

As many as 12 Wind Project of 610 MW achieved financial close, which is a great achievement as these projects were stalled due to policy decision.

The government launched Anti-Theft Campaign on directions of the Prime Minister on 13th October, 2018 across Pakistan with main slogan of zero tolerance for over billing and zero tolerance for corruption.

As many as 70256 FIRs have been registered besides arresting 11347 persons. An amount of Rs.3,522,885,032/- was recovered during the theft campaign.

Similarly, 1.4 per cent decrease in line losses has been recorded so far while DISCOs have collected Rs 121,102 million from October 2018 till June 2019.

Regarding system up-gradation, massive system upgradation has resulted in increasing the capacity of system to more than 26000 MW this year which has ensured uninterrupted electricity supply to the consumers during Ramzan, and summer days.

The industrial consumers are also getting continuous power supply due to these efforts.

The system so far has transmitted 23083 MW record delivery successfully.

Power Sector has one of the most advance complaint resolution system linked via state of the art technology with mobile application, web portal, telephone call and SMS.

Being largest utility services provider Power Sector has so far handled 274,914 complaints out of which 266,735 are resolved by July 13, 2020.

Power Sector has also introduced and successfully implemented flat tariff regime for domestic, commercial and industrial consumers for the first time during i.e. November, 2019 to February, 2020. This package has largely benefited the industrial consumers and provision of flat tariff induced increased industrial activity in the country due to affordable rates.

Power Division has made significant achievements in removal of hazards from residential areas and has succeeded in removing 19701 such hazards against 37857 identified hazards across the country till June 30.

Dedicated portal has been launched for safety of employees and regular trainings are imparted to make working environment safe for workers.

Power Division has taken lead in defining criteria and initiating process of regularization of employees in Distribution Companies. So far all the DISCOs have taken practical steps and regularized 8390 employees till date who were fulfilling the criteria.

Power Division also took lead in getting necessary approval for new jobs in DISCOs which are around 10000. Few of DISCOs have issued offer letters while others are in the process.

A project of Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is being launched in LESCO and IESCO areas with the assistance of Asian Development Bank worth $ 400 Million.

To control power theft and check menace of kundas, PESCO and SEPCO have started installation of aerial bundled cable (ABC) cables, which are much secure and effective against Kundas.

The Power Division drafted a new Renewable Energy Policy 2019 with main emphasis on increasing the share of renewable energy to 20% by 2025 and further to 30% by 2030.

In order to resolve consumer's grievances on the spot, DISCOs regularly conduct open katcheries on each Saturday at Sub-Divisional level.

During the period 2018-19 to 2021-22, NTDC has planned to commission 6 new grid stations of 500 kV with new transmission lines of around 2919 km.

In addition to that it has planned to commission 14 new grid stations of 220 kV with new transmission lines of around 1813 km during the same period.

Central Power Purchase Agency (CPPA) is taking all necessary steps for establishing energy market.

Work on various projects including interconnection of the Isolated Makran Network at Basima via NAG G/Station from Panjgoor G/Station with cost of Rs.7421 million, supply of Power to Hattar SEZ Khyber Pakhtun-Khwa with cost of Rs.1036.83 million, supply of Power to Rashakai SEZ Khyber Pakhtun-Khwa with cost of Rs.1825.80 million, provision of Electricity to Dhabeji SEZ with cost of Rs.3941.85 million, removal of constraints in transmission. removal of around 19701 Hazarads in all DISCOs to improve public safety has already under progress.

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