KP Energy Dept contributes Rs49bn annually to provincial kitty
JUN 22ND, 2018 PESHAWAR: The provincial energy department contributing Rs49 billion per annum to the provincial kitty which is the maximum contribution by any department in the province. This was stated to caretaker Minister for Energy, Electricity and Public Health Engineering Department Haji Fazal Elahi Khan during a comprehensive briefing by CEO KPOGCL Engr. Razi ud din, Chief Executive Officer PEDO Engr. Zainullah Khan, GM Hydel Power PEDO Engr. Bahadar Shah, and Deputy Secretary Department of Energy Javed Ali. The KP energy department was working on development of hydel power generation, promotion of alternate energy sources, oil and gas and resolving problems of the electricity consumers. PEDO, an attached department of Energy Department, the briefing was told generating 124Mega Watt electricity which was giving billions of rupees income to the provincial exchequer. Moreover, six hydel power stations were in the process of completion in the KP which will add up 243MW electricity to the National Grid. The PEDO with the collaboration of private sector, he said was engaged in construction of five solar energy projects which on completion will generate 203.5MW electricity. The briefing was informed that transmission line was being laid to utilize the 1500MW electricity generated from various hydel power projects in Chitral district. The meeting was told that the KP was endowed with 1.1 billion barrel oil and 16 trillion cubic feet gas deposits which could earn around Rs100 billion annual incomes for the province. The KPOGCL was working on various projects of exploring oil and gas deposits in the province and has started work on Lucky block in Lakki Marwat District. The Minister for Energy Development Fazal Elahi Khan expressed satisfaction over the energy projects underway in the province. He directed the officials of the department to cancel the energy projects which have not yet been started or its agreement have expired. The Minister regretted that the Pesco was not providing 13.5pc due quota of electricity to the KP as against its total consumption of 2800MW. He said that potential of the energy sector available could be utilized in elimination of unemployment and strengthening economic base of the KP. He called for early ending to the massive power outages in the province. He underscored the need for laying transmission lines by the KP government itself in order to get rid of the monopoly of the Pesco.
Wapda to help Maldives develop power sector
JUN 25TH, 2018 LAHORE: A four-member delegation of Maldives State Electric Company, headed by its Chairman Ahmed Aiman, called on Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA ) Chairman Lt-Gen Muzammil Hussain (retd) here at WAPDA House on Monday. The delegation is on a six-day state visit to Pakistan to learn from the experience of Wapda and benefit from its technical and human capabilities. Welcoming the Maldivian delegation to Pakistan, WAPDA Chairman briefly apprised them of WAPDA’s charter of duties, the infrastructure development by WAPDA in water and power sectors in Pakistan during the last 60 years, and the portfolio of development projects it is implementing at present. He said that WAPDA, being the largest engineering organisation in the country, has been playing a pivotal role in economic progress and social uplift in Pakistan by developing unprecedented infrastructure in both water and power sectors. Cognizant of the significance of trained human resources, WAPDA has developed an integrated system to impart training to its employees, so as to enable them to discharge their duties in an efficient manner. We, fortunately, have a pool of knowledge, expertise and training facilities with us and Maldives State Electric Company can make benefit from it. WAPDA is ready to fully support Maldives in development of its infrastructure in power sector,” he said. The Maldivian delegation thanked WAPDA Chairman for arrangements of their visit to WAPDA House and various training institutes of WAPDA. The delegation head said that Maldives State Electric Company is the largest power producing company of Maldives, and is keen to learn from WAPDA ‘s experience for development of their power sector infrastructure. Later, a formal briefing was given to the delegation by WAPDA secretary about the organisation, the charter of duties, achievements, training infrastructure and welfare of the employees. WAPDA Member Finance, Member Power, PSO to Chairman, General Manager (HRD) and General Manger (Training) were also present during the briefing.
Thar coal to produce first electron in December as first layer of coal unearths
JUN 12TH, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Sindh Engro Coal Mining (SECMC) has unearthed the first layer of indigenous coal from its open-pit coal mine in Thar Coal Block II, at a depth of 140 meters (460 feet) below the surface. The mining firm’s machinery took out the first layer from an estimated 2.04 billion tons of coal resources in Thar Coal Block II after successfully dewatering the second acquirer, five months ahead of schedule. The full-fledged coal supply will start from third quarter 2018 and the first electron will be generated from the Engro Powergen Thar Limited (EPTL) power plant in December this year, according to a statement issued by SECMC. The successful extraction of the first coal seam not only proves that Thar’s indigenous coal is exploitable but can produce thousands of megawatts of cheap electricity for many decades, announced Chief Executive Officer of SECMC Shamsuddin Shaikh after witnessing the coal unearthing at the bottom of the mine pit in Thar Coal Block II. A Joint Venture between Sindh Government and six private sponsors including Engro Energy, Thal Ltd, Habib Bank Ltd, Hubco, and two Chinese companies CMEC and SPIC, SECMC is the largest Public Private Partnership in Pakistan to explore and develop Pakistan’s first open-pit coal mine with an annual output of 3.8 million tons. The entire coal production will be supplied to EPTL which is putting up a 2×330 MW mine-mouth power plant which is targeting to start power generation before the end of this year. Both these projects are part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and are being constructed in collaboration with Chinese Contractors. Congratulating the nation, especially the people of Thar, Shaikh said that it’s a matter of great pride for the nation that country’s indigenous energy resource will play a key role in circumventing the current energy crisis. “This is the moment for which all Pakistanis had been waiting for the past 25 years, ever since coal was first discovered in Thar,” said Shaikh. He thanked all the sponsors of this mega project, lenders, Federal Government and especially Sindh Government for providing whole-hearted support to make the dream of Thar a reality. Commenting on the performance of SECMC, Mr. Shaikh added “we have completed 16 million safe man-hours while removing 90 million cubic meters of overburden (earth), and we did it 5 months ahead schedule, and targeting a savings of USD 110 million versus the budgeted cost, all of which is unprecedented for a mega project like this.” Sharing the future plans, Shaikh said that Company plans to rapidly expand the mine in Block-II to reach its optimum capacity to produce 5000 MWs by 2024 which will drastically reduce the coal price making Thar Block-II not only the cheapest block in Thar, it will be the cheapest base load energy resource in the Country with a power tariff of approximately 5 US cents per kWH. He requested both the federal and provisional governments to hold the development of all other coal blocks in Thar till SECMC’s Block II reaches its optimum capacity which will allow Thar coal to provide the cheapest electricity to consumers. Commenting on the CSR work being done by the Company in Thar, Mr Shaikh said that “we are committed to making Islamkot an accelerated Taluka for attaining the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2024”. Meanwhile Chief Operating Officer of SECMC Syed Abul Fazal Rizvi, said that the coal in Thar is called lignite which is ideally suited for producing electricity. With a cumulative thickness around 26 meters, there are enough coal reserves in Block-II to produce 5000 MW for the next 50 years,” Rizvi said. He reiterated the commitment to continue serving the energy sector of Pakistan and especially the people of Thar who shall be the real beneficiary of this black gold.
T 4 turbine starts supplying 335 MW to national grid
JUN 12TH, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Consequent upon the improved hydrological conditions and availability of water, the first unit of Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project has started electricity generation with effect from June 8. The unit, which is in its reliability period now-a-days, has been providing 335 MW of electricity to the national grid, which will be gradually increased to its maximum capacity of 470 MW, said a press release. Though this unit was completed in April, it could not start electricity generation for non-availability of water due to less inflows in River Indus at Tarbela in current year. The second unit of Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project has also been put into wet commissioning three days ago. This unit is scheduled to enter its reliability period in first week of July. It is worth mentioning here that under the 1410 MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project, three electric power generating units – each of them having capacity of 470 MW – have been installed at the Tunnel 4 of Tarbela Dam. Tarbela 4th Extension is a component of least-cost energy generation plan being implemented by WAPDA on priority to meet electricity requirements in the country and increase the ratio of hydel electricity in the National Grid to stabilize electricity tariff for the consumers. With completion of the project, generation capacity of the existing Tarbela Hydel Power Station will increase to 4888 MW from the existing 3478 MW. Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will provide 3.84 billion units of electricity to the National Grid per annum. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs. 30 billion. The project will pay back its cost in just three years.
Minister of Power stresses efficiency, sustainability of power sector
JUN 9TH, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Power Syed Ali Zafar on Friday directed the Power Division to utilize all resources for further improving efficiency and sustainability of the sector. Syed Ali Zafar was chairing an introductory briefing with officials of Power Division here today. The briefing was attended by Secretary Power division, Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, Additional Secretary, MD PEPCO, MD NTDC and other senior officials. The minister emphasized about the need to take necessary steps for energy efficiency and conservation which is necessary for rationalization of electricity demand. In this regard, a comprehensive meeting would be held next week. Secretary Power division briefed the Minister on overall outlook of the power sector including generation, transmission and distribution of electricity in the country. The Minister was also briefed on the current as well as anticipated power demand and supply situation in the country. He was also briefed on the strict implementation of the load management plan which was approved by the Cabinet for the month of Ramzan.