July 4, 2013
Pakistani Officials on training at Shikoku Electric Power Company in Japan
Islamabad, July 4, 2013: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) provides high-tech equipment worth 110 million Pakistan Rupees to Technical Services Group (TSG) of National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) for efficient and effective transmission of electricity across the country. The equipment is provided under "Project for Improvement of Training Capacity on Grid System Operation and Maintenance" a technical cooperation project by JICA for efficient grid system management. TSG of NTDC was established in 1985 which includes 3 training centers in Lahore, Faisalabad and Tarbela to provide training to NTDC, Power Distribution Companies (DISCOs), Generation Companies (GENCO) and Independent Power Producers (IPPs) staff for operation and maintenance of Grid System.
TSG is a public sector organization imparting technical training and support to operation and maintenance staff of 500kV, 220kV and 132kV grid stations and transmission lines. Since establishment in 1985, this is the first time that TSG is upgraded with state-of-the-art equipment coupled with revision of training curriculum. For other technical assistance component of the Project, the Japanese experts from Asia Kyodo-Sekkei Consultant Co, Ltd. helped TSG with training policy, training syllabi, text books and new training program. It is hoped that the revised curriculum and new equipment will have a synergetic effect on efficient and effective grid system operations. Besides providing equipment and trainings in Pakistan through Japanese experts, JICA also organized Training of Trainers (ToT) program in Japan whereby 32 TSG trainers and NTDC managements were sent to Shikoku Electric Power Company, Inc. in Japan in-order to strengthen their capacity for professional service delivery.
JICA has a position in cooperating Pakistan overcome the worst energy crises by engaging in projects for energy production, grid stations and transmission lines and capacity development of the government officials for efficient service delivery to the people of Pakistan.