WAPDA generated 8854 MW hydel electricity during peak hours on the night of 12 September 2021

HYDEL POWER GENERATION HITS HIGHEST LEVEL IN 2021

TERBELA HYDEL POWER STATION

The electricity generation by WAPDA hydel power stations surpasses 8800 MW during the peak hours on the night of 12 Sep 2021, which is the highest hydel electricity generation during the current year.

According to the generation details, WAPDA delivered as much as 8854 MW of electricity to the National Grid during peak hours last night. This quantum of hydel power share registered an increase of about 1277 MW if compared with that of the previous year. This increased share of hydel electricity in the National Grid is the result of maximum power generation from Tarbela Hydel Power Station and Tarbela 4th Extension Hydel Power Station.

The statistics of the hydel generation during the peak hours show that Tarbela Hydel Power Stations cumulatively generated 4926 MW much higher than the installed capacity of 4888 MW. Mangla Hydel Power Station contributed 920 MW, Ghazi Barotha 1450 MW, and Neelum Jhelum 850 MW while other hydel power stations cumulatively shared 708 MW to the National Grid.

At present, WAPDA owns and operates 22 hydel power stations, including Neelum Jhelum with a cumulative installed generation capacity of 9406 MW. These hydel power stations provide about 37 billion units of electricity annually on average to the National Grid. The share of hydel generation greatly contributes to lowering the overall tariff for the consumers, as electricity generated through other sources is far costlier than hydel electricity.

It is pertinent to mention that WAPDA is vigorously implementing a least-cost energy generation plan to enhance the share of hydel electricity in the National Grid. A number of mega projects are being constructed in the hydropower sector scheduled to be completed from 2023 to 2028-29. WAPDA projects will double the installed hydel power generation capacity from 9406 MW to 18431 MW. Likewise, WAPDA’s contribution of green and clean hydel electricity to the National Grid will also increase from the existing 37 billion units to more than 81 billion units per annum.

Matiari – Lahore Transmission Line project achieves its COD

The flagship project under CPEC ±660 kV HVDC Matiari – Lahore Transmission Line had achieved its commercial operation date successfully on 01 Sep 2021 as per the agreed timeline between National Transmission and Despatch Company Ltd (NTDC) and Pak Matiari-Lahore Transmission Line Company (PMLTC).

Prior to its COD, as many as 8 power tests on different voltage levels were performed successfully. The power test include Commissioning Tests (DC Station Tests) Lahore Commissioning Tests (DC Station Tests) Matiari, Mono-pole Low Power System Tests (Upto 400 MW each pole) , Bi-pole Low Power System Tests (Upto 800 MW Bi-pole), Mono-pole High Power Tests (2200 MW, each pole) (A5:),Bi-pole High Power Tests at Maximum Available Power (MAP), Special Optional Tests (recommended by OE). Whereas, the last test i.e Trial Operation (168 hrs) and Capability Demonstration Test (06 hrs) has been successfully completed on 18.08.2021.

In this regard, a ceremony was held at WAPDA House Lahore, attended by Managing Director NTDC Engr. Azaz Ahmad and Ms Zhang Lei, President and CEO of PMLTC and other reps from both companies were also present on the occasion.

Managing Director NTDC Engr. Azaz Ahmad appreciated Chinese company for completion of the project in time.  He said that the first ±660 kV HVDC Matiari Lahore Transmission Line will bring stability in NTDC transmission network after having being crossed many bridges successfully.

The 878 kilometers 4000 MW project has been completed by Pak-Matiari Lahore Transmission Company (Pvt) Limited, on Built-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis for a term of 25 years. The project will evacuate power from the new generating units located in the south including Thar coal-based projects. The ECC on July 25, 2017 approved the Security Package Documents i.e. Implementation Agreement (lA) and Transmission Services Agreement (TSA) which were subsequently executed on May 14, 2018. The NTDC will be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the transmission line.

HVDC technology is a maiden addition in the national grid of the country, though it’s been widely used for a long time around the world, and the need of long-distance high-power transmission from generating stations in the far-flung areas towards densely located load centers. The said project is a milestone for NTDC when it comes to diversifying the national grid and it will serve a great deal towards NTDC mission of a reliable, efficient and stable national grid.

 

NTDC secures Rs 6400 million financing facility

EVACUATION OF 1224 MW POWER FROM WIND POWER PLANTS

The National Transmission and Despatch Company Ltd (NTDC) has secured Rs 6400 million financing Facility from Consortium of Banks (Habib Bank Limited, National Bank of Pakistan & Bank Islami Pakistan Limited). The financing facility will be utilized for the construction of 220 /132 kV substation and 35 km long allied Transmission Lines to evacuate 1224 MW clean renewable energy generated by wind power plants located at Jhimpir Wind Corridor.
Managing Director NTDC Engr. Muhammad Ayub signed the contract of financing facility with Mr. Asad Altaf GM Corporate Banking Head (Central) HBL, Mr. Zia-ud-Din Tahir Unit Head NBP (Corporate) and Mr. Amir Ashraf Head Corporate (Central) Bank Islami during a signing ceremony held at WAPDA House Lahore.
Managing Director NTDC has said, for the first time NTDC has explored the option of raising a financial facility at its own resources (balance sheet) without GoP guarantee. Whereas, previously, it had relied on GoP guaranteed loans from the local market. This financing facility would be a precursor for more funding for upcoming NTDC projects.
He furthered said that PC-1 cost of the Jhimpir-II project is Rs 10.753 billion and the funding required was Rs 6.40 billion. The project will have sufficient capacity to transmit more power in future. To meet the future developments in Gharo-Jhimpir wind corridor, the 220 kV grid station will be upgraded to 500 kV capacity in coming years.
Deputy Managing Director NTDC Mr. Safdar Ali, Chief Financial Officer NTDC Mr. Wasim Saadat and other senior officials from NTDC and Banks were also present on the occasion.

Federal Minister Mr. Shaukat Tarin, meets delegation of Oil Refineries operating in Pakistan

DISCUSSION OVER REFINERY POLICY

In a meeting Federal Minister for Power Hammad Azhar, SAPM on Power Tabish Gauhar, SAPM on Finance and Revenue Dr. Waqar Masood, Adviser to PM on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Secretary Finance, Secretary Petroleum, Chairman FBR, DG Oil and Petroleum Division, Member Board of Directors PARCO & PRL and Consultant Attock Refinery Limited participated the meeting. The meeting was held at Finance Division to discuss the draft Refinery Policy.

The representatives of the refineries told that oil refineries operating in Pakistan cater for 55% of petroleum needs of the country and directly contribute to energy security. Installation of oil refineries requires heavy investment. Last Refineries Policy was announced by the government in 1997. Since 1997, due to change in realities on the ground, working for oil refineries has become more difficult with the passage of time. Oil refineries currently are facing multiple problems including decline in profit margins.

They emphasized the need for Government support for increased investments to meet the requirement of Euro-v fuels and value added products through installation of deep conversion refineries. Finance Minister directed the concerned officers of Finance Division and Chairman FBR to come with concrete proposals regarding the proposed policy in consultation with all stakeholders including representatives of oil refineries, Ministry of Petroleum and other relevant forums.

WAPDA awards contract worth US$ 241 million for E&M works of Tarbela 5th Ext. HPP

INTERNATIONAL JV TRIUMPH THE CONTRACT

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) awarded contract amounting to US$ 241.1 million for electro-mechanical (E&M) works of the 1530 MW-Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project to a joint venture comprising Harbin Electric International Company and Harbin Electric Machinery Company (HEIC-HEMC) through an international competitive bidding.

Resume The ceremony for signing of the contract was held at WAPDA House, Lahore. The E&M contract was signed by Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project Director (PD) Muhammad Azam Joya and HEIC-HEMC Vice President Zhang Yulong on behalf of their organizations. WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd), WAPDA Member Finance Naveed Asghar, Member Water Abdul Zahir Khan Durrani, Managing Director (Administration) Khalid Saleem, WAPDA Secretary Fakhar uz zaman Ali Cheema, General Managers concerned and representatives of the Consultants also attended the ceremony. It is worth mentioning that WAPDA has already awarded contract for civil works of the project in May.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that Tarbela 5th Extension is yet another WAPDA project to meet energy needs of the country with low-cost and environment-friendly hydel electricity, adding that WAPDA is committed to complete this vital project in accordance with the timelines.

Referring to the WAPDA’s strategy for improving water situation and increasing share of hydel electricity in the National Grid, he said that WAPDA is constructing 10 mega projects in water and hydropower sectors to meet rapidly increasing requirements of water and electricity in the country. These projects are scheduled to be completed from 2023 to 2028-29. In addition to enhancing gross water storage capacity by 11.7 million acre feet (MAF), WAPDA projects will also double the installed hydel power generation capacity from 9406 MW to 20591 MW. Likewise, WAPDA’s contribution of green and clean hydel electricity to the National Gird will also increase from the existing 37 billion units to more than 81 billion units per annum.

Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project is being constructed on Tunnel No. 5 of Tarbela Dam with approved PC-I of US$ 807 million. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of World Bank is providing US$ 390 million, while Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to the tune of US$ 300 million.

Cumulative generation capacity of the project stands at 1530 MW with three generating units of 510 MW each. The project, scheduled to start electricity generation by mid-2024, will provide 1.347 billion units of low-cost hydel electricity to the National Grid on the average every year. With completion of Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project, installed capacity at Tarbela Dam will rise from 4888 MW to 6418 MW.

 

Construction work on Kachhi Canal Extension Project is begin by WAPDA

The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)

has commenced construction work on the extension of Kachhi Canal following award of the contract and mobilization of the contractors to the sites.

The extension of Kachhi Canal is being carried out through three different contracts with cumulative cost of Rs.19.504 billion. Under the works, existing main canal will be further extended by another 40 kilometers (Km). In addition, 32-Km long water distribution system will also be constructed in the command area to irrigate another 30,000 acres of land in Dera Bugti district of Balochistan. The extension works are scheduled to be completed by August 2022.

WAPDA has already constructed 363-Km main canal and 81-Km long allied water distribution system to irrigate 72,000 acres of land. The canal, with discharge capacity of 6000 cusecs that takes off from Taunsa Barrage in Muzaffargarh district of Punjab enters Balochistan in Dera Bugti district.

Kachhi Canal is a vital project to alleviate poverty and eradicate extremism in remote and backward areas of Balochistan by developing irrigated agriculture and agro-based economy in the province. It is a good omen for Balochistan that the land being cultivated in Sui and adjacent areas of Dera Bugti district through existing Kachhi Canal has brought in a phenomenal change in the livelihood of the locals.

NTDC sets up camp office at site and determine to complete construction of 500 kV HVDC Convertor Station at rapid pace

CASA-1000 POWER PROJECT

In pursuits of early completion of the project, the National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) has set up its Chief Engineer camp office at ±500 kV HVDC Converter Station site in Nowshera along with Grounding Electrode for CASA-1000 Power Project near Azakhel Bala Nowshera in KPK. Managing Director NTDC Engr. Muhammad Ayub inaugurated the NTDC camp office. He also inspected the ongoing construction work of the project and directed to complete the convertor station on war footing. The project is a part of cross border power project CASA-1000 which is being executed by Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He said that the establishment of camp office will help to improve coordination and communication between NTDC and other stakeholders of the project. HVDC Convertor Station for CASA-1000 Power Project was handed over to the contractor 3 months ago, which has achieved overall 45 percent progress of Engineering & Design, Procurement of Material and Civil Work. Engr. Muhammad Ayub said that the projects will be completed on fast track to achieve its timeline.
While talking about the CASA-1000 Power Project, he said that 1300 MW clean power will be transmitted from Tajikistan to Pakistan during summer season and will be helpful in maintaining the required voltage level and to meet the increasing load demand of the country. 1270 km long transmission is also under construction. Whereas, NTDC is constructing 113 km long HVDC transmission line from Torkham border to Nowshera Converter Station. The transmission line will be completed by end of 2022.
He said that as per the contractual completion period, the HVDC Converter Station Project will be completed by August 2024. Both the projects, the transmission line and converter station will be completed with the cost of US$ 205 million.
Later, MD NTDC also planted a tree at aforementioned project as part of ongoing tree plantation campaign started in line with Prime Minister Vision “Clean and Green Pakistan”.

NTDC begins construction work of 500 KV transmission line for evacuation of power from 870 MW Sukki Kinari HPP

75-KILOMETER-LONG 500 KV DOUBLE CIRCUIT TRANSMISSION LINE

National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has started construction of 75-kilometer-long 500 kV double circuit transmission line for evacuation of power from 870 MW Sukki Kinari Hydropower Project. The transmission will be connected with 500 kV Neelum Jhelum Transmission Line. NTDC has completed basic works like Survey and soil investigation, route validation, demarcation of forest trees, approach and access roads etc.

Managing Director NTDC Engr. Muhammad Ayub inaugurated the construction works for the first tower of the said transmission line at Garhihabibullah, KPK. He directed the NTDC teams and contractor to complete the project before its deadline. MD NTDC also planted a tree at power house of Suki Kinari hydropower plant as part of ongoing tree plantation campaign of NTDC. The project is funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) with estimated cost of Rs 79,930 million under PSDP. The transmission line is expected to be completed by April, 2023.

WAPDA generated 37bln units of hydel electricity in FY 2020-21

LOW-COST, ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY ELECTRICITY

The hydel power stations of Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) cumulatively generated 37.147 billion units of low-cost and environment-friendly electricity during fiscal year 2020-21, that ended on June 30

NEELUM – JHELUM HYDRO POWER PROJECT

. The hydel generation by WAPDA is almost equal to that of fiscal year 2019-20 and 3.08 billion units more if compared with the average annual hydel generation during the last 10 years.

According to data of WAPDA hydel power generation in 2020-21, Tarbela Hydel Power Station generated 12.61 billion units, Tarbela 4th Extension 3.42 billion units, Ghazi Barotha 6.89 billion units, Mangla 5.40 billion units, and Neelum-Jhelum Hydel Power Station generated 4.79 billion units. While, rest of the generation i.e. 4.03 billion Units – was contributed by other hydel power stations of WAPDA.

 It is worth mentioning here that hydel generation is the cheapest electricity, produced in the country. That is why, it plays a pivotal role for development in economic and social sectors by stabilizing the overall power tariff for the consumers. The impact of hydel electricity on the national economy can be gauged from the fact that generation cost of hydel electricity by WAPDA stand at merely Rs.2.82 per unit, while generation cost from thermal sources remains Rs.13.14 per unit on the average during fiscal year 2020-21.

At present, WAPDA owns and operates 22 hydel power stations, including Neelum Jhelum with cumulative installed generation capacity of 9406 Mega Watt (MW). It is pertinent to mention that WAPDA is vigorously implementing a least-cost energy generation plan to enhance share of hydel electricity in the National Grid. A number of mega projects are being constructed in hydropower sector scheduled to be completed from 2023 to 2028-29. WAPDA projects will double the installed hydel power generation capacity from 9406 MW to 20591 MW. Likewise, WAPDA’s contribution of green and clean hydel electricity to the National Gird will also increase from the existing 37 billion units to more than 81 billion units per annum.

PPL becomes pioneer Pakistani company to successfully spud international well in Iraq

Pakistan Petroleum Limited, one of the country’s leading energy companies, made history by becoming the first Pakistani company to successfully spud its first international exploration well in Iraq. This achievement has firmly imprinted PPL’s presence on the global energy map. Pakistan Petroleum Limited works under the guidance and direction of Petroleum Division. The company is operating Block 8. The block is located in Mesopotamian basin and is surrounded by areas that have several large oil and gas fields. The well is named as Madian 1. a Chinese drilling contractor ZEPEC is drilling the well on integrated project management basis. “PPL’s foray into the international competitive energy markets and its success is heartening and a resounding success for this division, the company and indeed the entire nation.” said Ghulam Sarwar Khan, the Federal Minister for Petroleum. He further added that “this feat demonstrates that our nation has a rich pool of talented individuals who, given adequate facilitation are able to overcome obstacles and deliver. The Ministry would harness such talent and efforts would be accelerated to further build on such achievements.” The Madain-1 prospect was managed with the help of a 3D seismic survey carried out by the company over a 300 square kilometers area of the block that spans around 6,000 square kilometers. There are multiple reservoir targets in Madian-1 that will be drilled through a depth of approximately 5,000 meters. Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, while appreciating the spudding of first international exploration well noted that the “reform agenda of the present Government including in the Oil and Gas sector would yield dividends”.