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Published Date: Aug 17, 2012


Pakistan is best producing its very own electricity than posting electricity through CASA-1000MW project, states a study study carried out by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).

The study called the import project problematic and stated that it’ll provide energy for just seven several weeks.

The CASA 1000 project aims to deliver energy from Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan via a 700km electricity transmission line, a long ever. The transmission line will go through the politically troubled section of Afghanistan.

The report ‘Pakistan Energy Outlook: Evaluation of KESC after Privatisation’ launched on Friday called the project technically and financially problematic.

“The smartest choice for Pakistan would be to develop its very own projects not just to provide cheap electricity to Karachi and also to the relaxation of the nation, but additionally to supply massive job possibilities to the people,” report adds.

The report also highlights what causes chaotic energy situation in Pakistan while talking about Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) like a example.

The report demonstrates that thermal energy plants in Pakistan, particularly KESC, operate in a really low efficiency level and consume high volume of fuel to create electricity. KESC takes 11 to 18 cubic ft of gas to create one unit of electricity whereas plants of others for example Uch Energy, Saif energy and Orient Energy take only 7.37, 7.47 and seven.56 cubic ft of gas correspondingly for producing one unit.

On the regional level, when gas consumption is in comparison with thermal plants of Bangladesh, the intake of KESC was discovered to be almost double.

The report calls on KESC to purchase electricity from hydro energy plants at minimal cost rather than buying it from Independent Energy Producers in a hefty cost. At the moment, KESC is buying electricity normally in the rate of Rs8 to Rs16 per unit that is high as in comparison with Rs0.37 per unit acquired from hydro energy plants with minimal wheeling charges by NTDC.

KESC continues to be suggested introducing ‘smart grid’ with advanced metering system as Lahore Electric Supply Company (Lesco) effectively implemented wise meters within the old walled town of Lahore and introduced down the road deficits from 17.8% to three.5% within 10 several weeks.

Karachi Electric Supply Company representative stated the report through the through the ‘so-called’ think tank SDPI is a-on the sides, groundless and defamatory.

The representative further stated the negative prejudice against KESC and also the hidden dubious agenda of SDPI is apparent from the truth that SDPI didn’t even contemplate it useful to find information from KESC.

The representative added that KESC could add fresh generation capacity of just one,000 megawatts inside a short time, overhaul old plants and transmission lines, considerably boost the distribution capacity and substantially improve its technical and repair capacity. Representative also added the $450 million flagship combined cycle gas-fired 560MW energy plant at Bin Qasim has already been functional and is among the greatest efficient plants in the area. SPDI very easily overlooked each one of these details because the goal of their report ended up being to twist details, representative added.

Among its key initiatives, KESC has carried out numerous steps to lessen reliance on gas and get fuel diversification. KESC signed a $200 Million JDA having a Hong Kong-based firm, BEEGL for transforming furnace oil based models at Bin Qasim (BQPS-1) to coal beginning with Phase I, two models of 210MW. The utility has additionally signed an MoU with similar firm for establishing coal projects as high as 1,000MW in Karachi. KESC also plans to setup a 300MW coal fired energy plant at Thar.

SPDI also cast accusations about KESC receiving subsidy that’s a go through item that KESC passes onto its customers with respect to the federal government which is essentially the customers that receive this, and never the utility. The representative stated KESC after privatisation hasn’t received just one rupee in the government to subsidise its procedures.