Engineering Post Report
The federal government has planned to take number of initiatives for improvement of the power distribution system in the country during financial year 2022-23.
These planned initiatives are briefly mentioned below:
Private sector participation in the power transmission system will be encouraged.
An integrated plan for national and provincial transmission systems is to be prepared under Transmission System Expansion Plan. All Provincial Grid Companies and Special Purpose Transmission Licensees will share their respective expansion plans with the National Grid Company, prior to implementation, in order to get them synchronized with the Special Purpose Transmission Licensees.
The capacity of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) will be enhanced to immediately implement Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and construct/operate HVFC transmission lines and Land Acquisition Acts needs will also be reviewed and amended accordingly after suitable consultations with all the stakeholders.
Right of way/ land acquisition issues in the implementation of the power generation , transmission and distribution sector projects will also be addressed with the support of the provincial governments concerned.
Meanwhile according to the information available from the Power Division of the Federal Government, the NTDC transmission system has been strengthened during financial year 2021-22 with the addition of 2400 MVA, 3653 MVA and 4000 MW on 500KV,220KV and 660 KV network respectively for evacuation of additional power to the National Grid. The existing transmission lines have also been extended by addition of 549 km , 900 km and 1772 km on 500 KV, 220 KV and 660 KIV respectively.
NTDC with its head office at Lahore was incorporated in November 1998 after unbundling of WAPDA and it commenced commercial operations in December 1998, it links power generation units with the load centres all over the country including Karachi and operates and maintains 16 500 KV grid stations and 45 220 KV grid stations all over the country.