The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has accomplished a remarkable feat by completing the 500kV Thar-Matiari Transmission line in just two and a half months. This 220-kilometer-long transmission line was constructed using the company’s own resources, at a cost of approximately Rs 15 billion, to provide affordable energy to the national grid.
The project is of great significance for meeting the country’s future energy demands as it links coal-fired power generation in Thar to the rest of the country. The completion of this transmission line has connected the 1320 MW Shanghai Electric coal plant in Thar with the Matiari Converter station near Hyderabad, thereby improving the overall power transmission system of the country. In addition, the Polan-Jiwani transmission line, which aimed to import 100 MW of electricity from Iran for Gwadar, was also completed in record time by the NTDC, under the leadership of MD NTDC Engr. Dr Rana Abdul Jabbar Khan.