ISLAMABAD: The government has started various projects to add 15,000 MW electricity to the national grid by 2017- 18 in its bid to cope with the menace of loadshedding by organizing a mix of local energy sources including hydel and coal.
According to a senior official in the Ministry of Water and Power, as many as 4,692 MW power would be added in the national grid by the end of the year 2016-17.
He said new LNG power plants are being established adding, the LNG is 50 percent cheaper as compared to the diesel power generation plants, saving over Rs 100 billion per annum.
He said that massive investment is also being made to improve the transmission system to enhance the capacity.
In last two years, the loadshedding has registered decrease in Balochistan thanks to the improvements in distribution system.
The capacity of transformer repairing workshops has also been enhanced for ensuring the uninterrupted distribution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He said new grid stations are being set up in three cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for improving the distribution system.
The average power generation from 2012-14 had reached to 14,186 MW from 10,122 MW with the improvement of distribution system. Whereas the demand was 21,186 MW. The deficit was of 7,000 MW.
He said three grid stations of 500 KV and 11 grid stations of 220 KV are being set up in the country.
Giving details of power collection and recovery ratio, he said the collection of GEPCO is 98.4 percent, MEPCO 100 percent, IESCO 89.9 percent, FESCO 100 percent, LESCO 92.2 percent, QESCO 33 percent, PESCO 87.3 percent, HESCO 76 percent, HESCO 76 percent and recoveries from SEPCO were 57.8 percent from July 2014 to April 2015.