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Transmission line approved for Karachi N-power plants

Updated Jan 18, 2017 05:21pm

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ISLAMABAD: The Cen­tral Development Working Party (CDWP) cleared on Tuesday 18 projects worth Rs154 billion, including a key transmission line to distribute 2,200MW electricity from Karachi’s two upcoming nuclear power stations.

A meeting of the CDWP, presided over by Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal and attended by representatives of the provincial governments and the federal ministries concerned, cleared technical and financial parameters of the transmission line for evacuation of electricity from the two nuclear coastal power plants (K-2 and K-3) of 1,100MW each being set up at Paradise Point, about 11 kilometres from the city (Karachi) centre.

It requested the Execu­tive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) to approve the transmission line with an estimated cost of Rs5.6bn, including a foreign exch­ange component (FEC) of Rs2.6bn. The two nuclear plants are planned to be completed by 2022-23 under a government-to-government deal with China.

Overall, the meeting approved 11 projects of Rs20bn.

Under financial rules, the CDWP has the powers to approve development projects of cost not exceeding Rs3bn. For projects of higher cost estimates, the CDWP can only scrutinise their parameters and recommend Ecnec to approve their cost.

As such, the meeting recommended seven projects with a cumulative cost estimate of Rs134bn for approval by Ecnec.

Besides the transmission line for the two nuclear plants, the CDWP also cleared a project for evacuation of electricity from 1,320MW (2x660MW) coal-based power projects of Sino-Sindh Resources and Sindh Engro Coal Limited (SSRL/SECL) in Thar at a cost of Rs23bn, including FEC of Rs12bn. The cost will be approved by Ecnec.

The meeting also approved evacuation of 350MW electricity from Siddiqsons coal-fired energy power plant near Port Qasim at a cost of Rs2.9bn, with FEC of Rs1.4bn.

The three transmission line projects aimed at transmitting electricity to the national grid from the power plants are currently at different stages of implementation.

The CDWP approved Rs145 million for rehabilitation of the damaged 66kV grid station at Ghiljo, Orakzai Agency, and construction of a 132kV SDT transmission line for making interconnecting arrangement between 132kV Kharan grid station and Mall station grid (82km) at a cost of Rs650m.

The meeting referred to Ecnec for approval a 500kV substation in Chakwal worth Rs7bn, with FEC of Rs3.8bn, and the revised Koto hydropower project located in Lower Dir, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, worth Rs14bn, with FEC of Rs7bn.

Transport and communication

The CDWP approved the revised project of improvement and construction of Jalkhad-Chilas road at a cost of Rs7.8bn, feasibility study of upgradation of the existing railway line from Rohri to Koti-Taftan via Quetta, including realignment of Sibi-Spezand section (1,022km), and feasibility study of rail link from Quetta to Kotla Jam (538km) (update of the existing feasibility study) worth Rs292m. The project will help connect Quetta with Peshawar through rail.

The meeting also approved upgrade of the VHF communication system for operational staff at a cost of Rs737 million, as well as upgradae of a road from RCC Konodas Bridge to Naltar Airbase Camp via Nomal (47km) worth Rs2.7bn.

The CDWP approved the Saaf Suthro Sindh (SSS) programme — scaling up of rural sanitation — worth Rs1.5bn. It cleared the Punjab Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Improvement (PIPIP) project worth Rs80bn, with FEC of Rs48bn.

Higher education and IT

The CDWP approved a project for providing academic and research facilities at Air University, Islamabad, at a cost of Rs1.6bn, with FEC of Rs269m, with a directive to rationalise its scope.

In information technology, the meeting approved a project worth Rs3.3bn for providing seamless GSM coverage, along the Karakoram Highway in support of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and upgrade of the GSM network for Gilgit-Baltistan phase-II.

The CDWP approved Rs200m for institutional strengthening and efficiency enhancement of the Planning Commission. It gave clearance to two projects — revival of wildlife resources worth Rs1.1bn and Zoological Survey of Pakistan worth Rs99m — with a directive to review and rationalise their costs.

The meeting approved two position papers — construction of 100 dams in Dubandal, Gulistan, Qila Abdullah and Chaman areas at cost of Rs1.5bn and Pehur canal extension in Swabi worth Rs10bn.

Published in Dawn, January 18th, 2017

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Comments (12) Closed



ADNAN MAZHER KHAN Jan 18, 2017 09:07am

Hope Karachi will set some relief in next Millennium. Nothing is expected in our live times.

pakistani Jan 18, 2017 09:15am

hopefully that project is kept out of city...i dont trust safety measures taken by sindh govt in past....and nuclear projects are not safe in city....

maverik Jan 18, 2017 09:51am

Alhamdolillah. These are real developmental projects that will be in upbringing of social indicators in rural areas. Well done.

vaqas Jan 18, 2017 10:46am

why is the government ruining our coastal line if the electricity produced is to be used in the rest of the country? make the nuclear plants by the jhelum river.

Donald Jan 18, 2017 12:12pm

Wow! This is pretty scary considering it's just 11 km from the city. Abs I'm not even in Asia. Pakistan, take care and have a long term vision man

The end is near Jan 18, 2017 12:16pm

Nothing will happen.

Khawar Saleem Aslam Jan 18, 2017 12:32pm

Very good development. Planning aspects seems to be working very well under Planning and Development Minister, Ahsan Iqbal: previously concerns were raised that emphasis is on more power and the transmission system is neglected.

sameer Jan 18, 2017 01:08pm

@pakistani now Karachi sandwich between these Nuclear plants with Coal fired at Port Qasim side, just to Generates Electricity for others

sameer Jan 18, 2017 01:06pm

@Donald yes and another (or Two) coal fire power plants been constructing its east side too , going to become Beijing in terms of Air pollution

Rabia Jan 18, 2017 04:53pm

This eventually will lead the city of lights back to the future. It will end all the energy shortages and will be a prosperous step for the whole country.

aamir ayub Jan 18, 2017 05:24pm

Somewhere these plants have to be set up but Alas some Karachities people on this website wants these plants should be set up any other place but they use electricity. So far Pakistan's track record in handling the atomic energy plants is excellent and this was the occasion to show a positive image of the country before the world but again same regional and provincial's thinking was shown. Shame on those people who always think as a provincial person instead of national. Be national, no province alone can live happilly.

diaa Jan 19, 2017 01:32pm

Pakistan encounters with the energy deficiency and in a dire need to increase its dependency on the use of energy sources which can be more productive and less costly. For that, Pakistan needs to increase its dependency on the use of nuclear power in which country seems to be having expertise and seasoned professionals. In the civilian sector PAEC also made the best use of nuclear power in different medical and agricultural field. Concerns regarding the construction and operation of nuclear plants in Karachi must not be puffed up considering the excellent record of Pakistan’s nuclear safety and security.