6000MW Solar Projects to take a speedy ride

A deadline of couple of weeks has been given by Prime Minister Office (PMO) for mapping 6000-MW solar projects across the country and proposed tariff along with indexation to attract international investment. The clear instructions has been issued by September 5, 2022, presided over by Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Effective Governance, Dr. Jehanzeb Khan, a close relative of Azam Khan, who was secretary in the government of Imran Khan. The meeting was attended by MD PPIB, Director AEDB, Joint Secretary Finance Ministry, senior energy specialist of World Bank, member PCRWR in person while representatives of Planning Commission, NEPRA, NTDC and CPPA-G joined on Zoom link. The draft policy framework has been prepared and reviewed by independent/ external experts and will be submitted within two weeks. Moreover, security documents has been prepared by PPIB (currently being reviewed by the USAID) and will  be shared with the participants of consultative workshop/ pre-bid conference scheduled on September 13, 2022. Power Division/ PPIB have shared the timelines for final approval of draft policy framework from the competent forum, i.e., CCOE, ECC and Cabinet. These approvals will be obtained in one month.  Furthermore, Power Division/ PPIB would share a complete process flow of the payment mechanism to the new IPPs (establishing solar projects) in one week. Compatibility of the initiative with IGCEP and operational aspects of the existing thermal projects also came under discussion. The meeting gave two weeks’ time to Secretary Power Division to sort out issues like intermittent of power requirements, operational requirements, Grid Code Management, etc.