SEZs being provided electricity and gas facilities on priority basis across the country

Engineering Post Report

Increasing number of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) being established in different parts of the country under the umbrella of great game changer  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)  are being providing electricity and gas facilities on priority basis for speeding up their becoming functional at the earliest possible. 

In this regard, a number of development projects are being speedily implemented by  the public sector entities WAPDA,  Sui Northern Gas Pipeline Limited and Southern Sui Gas Company (SSGC) .

Some of these development projects are being briefly mentioned here.

A new scheme for establishment of 220 KV Quaid-e-Azam Apparel and Business Park  Grid Station  for provision of PIEDMC Special Economic Zone was approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP)in April 2021 at an estimated cost of Rs 3628.000 million . CDWP  had also approved in May 2021 500 KV Allama Iqbal Industrial City  for 600 MW demand of the Special Economic Zone in the FIEDMC Area at an estimated cost of Rs  6649.010 million . Work on this accordingly  commenced during the current financial year 2021-22  with a substantial allocation of Rs 3000.000 million under the PSDP.

As regards provision of gas supplies to the SEZs, five development schemes are being implemented by the petroleum Division of  the Federal Government. All these schemes have been approved by the Departmental Development Working Party  in view of their involving low cost.

Supply of 30 MCFD gas at doorstep (Zero Point) of Rashakai  Special Economic Zone in  Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa  is being implemented at a cost of  Rs 1203.000 million speedily. It is expected to be completed by the end of current financial year with an allocation of Rs  230.000 million under the PSDP.

Scheme for supply of 13.5 MMCFD gas at doorstep (Zero  Point) of Dhabeji  SEZ in Sindh is under implementation at an estimated cost of Rs 427.880 million . It is also expected to be completed  within these days at an allocation of Rs 76.580 million under the PSDP. Another three new schemes have being launched  during the ongoing financial year and all of these are likely to be completed before the current financial year rolls out in the annals of history in June 2022 as entire cost of each scheme was duly allocated under the PSDP