6000 MW Punjab Power Projects in Doldrums

6000 MW Punjab Power Projects in Doldrums

By Iftikhar Alam

Power generation projects of above 6,000MW in Punjab have witnessed no major progress despite around five years of their existence on papers, The Nation has learnt.

The PML-N govt had established Punjab Energy Department in its previous tenure by allocating Rs 9 billion in budget 2011-12 with the purpose to solely focus on power generation in worst loadshedding hit province.

The provincial govt had allocated Rs 10 billion in 2012-13, Rs 20 billion in 2013-14, Rs 31 billion in 2014-15 and Rs 16 billion in fiscal year 2015-16 for various power generation schemes planned by the department but it failed to show any performance on generation side.

The govt also established Punjab Power Development Company, Quaid-e-Azam Solar Company (Pvt) Limited, Punjab Energy Holding Company Ltd, Quaid-e-Azam Thermal (Pvt) Limited, Quaid-e-Azam Wind Power Ltd and Punjab Power Development Board to facilitate power generation by engaging private sector but no major improvement was seen so far.

The govt has planned to generate 6,289MW from total 39 power projects of thermal, solar and hydel generation.

Out of 39, 25 projects were to be completed exclusively with the investment of private sector and 14 were planned in public sector.

The govt so far completed a single project of 100MW solar power generation at Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park Bahawalpur.

“Funds have not been allocated for three thermal power generation projects (Muzaffargarh, Lahore and Faisalabad) of 400MW and 10 hydel generation projects of combine 80MW capacity on different barrages and canals,” said sources. “Financial constraints are the main problems towards completion of the projects in the public sector,” they added.

The target to complete hydro-power generation projects at Marala, Pakpattan, Chianwali and Degout Fall till June 2016 could not be achieved as they were supposed to add 20MW energy in national grid.”

Of 25 thermal, solar and hydel power projects of 5,709MW capacity in private sector, the construction on two coal fired power projects of 1,320MW could be started, sources said.

They said that the four other coal power projects, two in Muzaffargarh and two in Rahim Yar Khan, were still hanging at feasibility stages.

The private investors failed to show any progress on nine solar power plants of combine 1,519 MW capacity.

“Tariff controversy made worst impact on progress in execution of solar projects in private sector. Private investors are not willing to sell power to national grid on Nepra determined tariff,” sources said, adding, 11 hydro projects of 135 MW planned with the investment of private sector could not be executed

Courtesy: The Nation

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