September 15, 2017
On August 30, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Islamabad, the capital city, for the Project for the Study of Upgrading National Power System Expansion Plan, technical cooperation for development planning.
In recent years, a serious power supply demand gap has grown in Pakistan. While the peak demand was 24,757 megawatts in 2015, the supply capacity was merely 18,826 megawatts, leaving a shortfall of 24 percent. Due to this gap, some regions face long planned blackouts, and achieving a stable supply of power is a priority issue.
In response, the Government of Pakistan is strengthening the power supply capacity through the development of power infrastructure on the basis of the National Power Policy 2013, which includes the creation of “a cutting edge transmission network” as one of its highest priority goals. To this end, not only steady investment in power transmission network infrastructure but also the formulation of a mid- to long-term development plan is imperative.
Based on the output on the optimal power development plan formulated in the Project for Least Cost Generation and Transmission Expansion Plan, which was implemented by JICA from 2014 to 2016, the present project will formulate a trunk power transmission network development plan with a focus on 220-kilovolt and higher voltage transmission in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy, the National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) and other stakeholders on the Pakistan side, and build technical capacity at NTDC through collaborative work.
In addition to this project, JICA has implemented comprehensive cooperation from the supply side to the demand side and from the planning side to project implementation/operation side, including transmission system construction (Japanese ODA loan), training center construction (grant aid), operation and maintenance of power generation, transmission and distribution (technical cooperation) and energy conservation (technical cooperation). Through such efforts, JICA is contributing to power supply improvements in Pakistan, where blackouts occur frequently.
|Country||Islamic Republic of Pakistan|
|Project title||The Project for the Study of Upgrading National Power System Expansion Plan|
|Planned implementation period||December 2017 to June 2019|
|Executing agency||National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited|
|Target region, facilities||Islamabad, Lahore, other|
|Specific project details (provisional)||Formulation of a trunk power transmission network development plan primarily for the 220-kV and higher voltage class, and training of engineers at the National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited|