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Buying electricity from Iran


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THIS refers to report that our minister will visit India to negotiate on acquiring electricity from the neighbouring country. India is itself deficit in power.

Some 300 million people there are without electricity.

They have eight to 10 hours of loadshedding in the domestic sector. India will import furnace fuel oil (FFO) from the Middle East and convert it into power and sell it to us at 20 per cent IRR.

Why can’t we import the same oil and convert ourselves and generate power at lower tariff and create employment and taxes?

Why are the prime minister and the minister for water and power so misguided and in such haste? Will India give its power at less than six cents/kwhr?

Iran can supply power at a cheaper rate but not India. It is common sense. So, Mr prime minister, please work on something that is workable. There are plenty of megawatts in the Wapda system. Days are ticking.


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kck Jul 07, 2013 07:20am

I do not see any solid plan of addressing power crisis in Pakistan. The statements prior to elections were full of promises of addressing power crisis if elected. When elected, the prime mister cleverly diverted the media attention. I strongly doubt if India or Iran are capable of solving Pakistan's power needs. I used to hear an expression "Apnee ghot to nashaa aawe"

Syed Shah Jul 07, 2013 09:43am

Sir, great moments come rarely and vanish quickly if you do not catch them in time. President Mandela of South Africa, caught such a moment, he forgot his 27 years insults and jail and,as great people do, forgave his enemies and people who had gave him miseries. Today Mr. Mandela is revered by all.

Today Prim Minister Nawaz Sharif has similar chance, he can become another Mandela if he forgets and forgives what happened to him in the past.

Mian Sahab, with respect and sincere request, please become another Mandela for Pakistam. Opportunity is slipping, please act fast. Fond regards, Syed Shah

Syed Shah Jul 07, 2013 09:48am

Mian Sahab please become Pakistans Mandela.

imtiaz Jul 07, 2013 10:50am

nawaz government is on wrong path. we are 7th bigger producer of milk, can't we think we are also 7th bigger producer of cow dung. produce electricity from this source. everyday Lahore and Karachi are producing thousands of metric ton of waste, use this to produce electricity.

M Rafique Jul 07, 2013 12:10pm

Sharif & co will prefer the country who offers higher kick back

shah Jul 07, 2013 12:19pm

it is beyond the common man under standing that despite the fact that we are blessed with natural resources..our incompetnt and so called patriot rulers,not leader,have badly misused them. The whee of the every sector of the government is past 15 years the issue of energy crises was not resolved .This unscheduled loadshedding has made the people frantic and psycho patiens.i appeal this government to take serious initiatives to solve this long standing issue of energy.

Foreign Leg Jul 07, 2013 12:32pm

If you wish Pakistan to buy electricity from Iran, be my guest. Of course Pakistan has the right to get whatever it wants from wherever it wants. However the world at large does not rely on sentiments but on economic sense. In this case, the right question to ask is whether it makes economic sense to get electricity from India, Iran, China or anywhere else.

There are also many factual inaccuracies in your letter. India does not utilize oil power plants like Pakistan. So there is no question of buying oil from somewhere and making a killing. India's power basket depends on coal (57%), water (19%), nuclear, gas (9%) and alternative sources (12%).

Secondly Pakistan is already a few miles away from a point on India's national grid. Pakistan should see if it makes sense using short connectivity to get energy or lay out a part of its grid all the way via Baluchistan to get power from Iran.

Also, some states in India face a shortfall. But this also has to do with economics. Many of these states are simply unable to afford electricity from the national grid, provide electricity subsidies and also do not generate enough power on their own. It speaks nothing of the fact that private companies are able to generate power on their own and sell it to the national grid.

Lastly 8-10 hours of loadshedding? No major Indian city or town suffers from loadshedding!

Hussain Akbari Jul 07, 2013 04:07pm

@Foreign Leg: I have recently been in India. Power breakdowns are common facts there even in cities like Delhi, Hyderabad , Ranchi and Lucknow the cities I visted. Please no from India and yes from any other source like Iran.

syed Husain Jul 07, 2013 05:32pm

There is absolutely no need to buy electricity from anyone. Pakistan has the infrastructure to produce enough electricity to meet all of domestic needs and then some. The only issue that has caused the current problem is people using electricity and not paying for it, i.e. stealing it. As soon as the people start paying for what they use, all of this power shortage will go away.

Syed Ahmed Jul 07, 2013 07:33pm

Nawaz Sharif and company has special affiliation towards India. It is nice and beautiful.

koushik Jul 07, 2013 07:52pm

@Hussain Akbari: Thank you for your concern

Razi Jul 07, 2013 08:54pm

@Foreign Leg: Sir: Would India be ready to sell at cents 6/kwhr for next 10 years and then cents 4/Kwhr for 15 years then great let us sign the deal today not for 1000 MW but for 10,000 MW.

Malik Jul 07, 2013 11:57pm

I don't care where or whom or at want price we buy electricity, but it cannot be India.

India NO, No India, India NO, NO India, India NO, No India...

Pakistan Zindabad

Malik Muslimabad Muslim Republic of Islamic Azad Pakistan Zindabad

Gurpreet Jul 08, 2013 02:54am

Since when beggars became choosers? Go and get from whoever gives you power, why should India give it to you for free? Rules of trade are a norm and Pakistanis need to learn that...if you want power, then pay for it otherwise...remain powerless in the dark...simple as that!

Gurpreet Jul 08, 2013 02:51am

@imtiaz: lol....