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NOVEMBER 2017

60pc progress achieved in Thar mining, power projects

NOV 28TH, 2017 ISLAMABAD: Thar Coal block-II power project is progressing satisfactorily and approximately 60 per cent progress has been achieved in both mining and power projects. This was informed by Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) Chief Shamsuddin Ahmed Shaikh. The 660 MW project is scheduled to be completed by June 2019, however keeping in view fast pace of work in the site, it is expected that the project will start producing electricity by early 2019. In a statement, the SECMC Chief said that at Thar, there were three aquifers or underground water streams and top or dune sand aquifer was discontinued and partly potable which could be used for drinking purposes wherever potable. “Luckily we have not encountered this aquifer and hence not disturbed. We have promised our neighbors similar or more volume of similar or better quality of water if this aquifer is at all disturbed,” he said adding second or Coal roof aquifer is at 120 meters depth and the last one is at 180 meters named as Coal Floor aquifer. Water in the second and third aquifer, he said is saline (5000 to 6000 ppm) and hence not drinkable. All these aquifers are the only saline in nature but are not poisonous at all as confirmed by 3rd party lab results. “For SECMC to do mining, we need to keep our mine dry or create a ‘cone of depression’. For this, we need to extract water from drilling wells around the mine pit. Currently, this is being done and Water being sent to 1500 acre depression around 27 KM from our site. All this work is being done under full environmental guideline and NEQS under the supervision of SEPA,” he said. Shams said Generous compensation of land (5 times market value) has been made to landowners while landless peasants will also be compensated out of the fund created by the company in association with Government of Sindh. Moreover, he said SECMC has planted around 30,000 trees with a vision to plant 10 trees for every tree cut. “we are maintaining a complete record of tree cutting as a responsible company and submitting it to SEPA and wildlife departments on regular basis,” he added. He said so far 4 Reverse Osmosis (RO) water purifier plants in the nearby area o the reservoir had also been planted to provide drinking water to the local community. “Once power plant operations start, we will use the underground water for plant cooling purposes. This water is just a miniscule of the underground water available at Thar,” he remarked. He informed Thar Foundation is experimenting with the help of Sindh Agricultural University Tando Jam, Karachi University, University of Xinjiang and local farmers whereby this saline water will be put to use for bio saline agriculture. This Water will change the fortune of Tharis and Thar could become the hub of agriculture and as VC of Tando Jam University remarked ‘reverse migration’ may take place. “In addition, we are also experimenting fish farming in this groundwater with the help of fisheries department which if becomes successful will open up another avenue of employment for Thari people,” he added.

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surges 125pc in 4 monthsFDI in power sector

NOV 16TH, 2017 ISLAMABAD: Foreign Direct Investment in country’s power sector has surged by 125.4 per cent in first four months of current fiscal year compared to same period of last year. The country’s power sector received the biggest share of foreign funds, followed by construction, financial services and communications sector. The inflow of direct investment in the power sector increased to $422.4 million in July-October (2017-18) while the construction sector fetched $177.0 million in FDI compared to $31.4 million a year earlier. In total, Pakistan received $277.7 million in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the month of October, compared to $115.3 million during the corresponding month of the last fiscal year, says a press release issued by Board of Investment here Thursday. While for the first four months of the current fiscal year (July-Oct) FY2017-18, FDI stood at $939.7 million which accounted for 74.4 per cent above the inflows recorded during the same period a year ago. China is the leading investment country with $631.7 million, up 224.6 per cent from the same period in FY17. The Chinese firms invested large part of their funds in energy and infrastructure projects under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The net inflow of FDI from Malaysia stood at $107 million in July-Oct FY18 against $9.4 million during the same period last year. French investors accounted for $38.0 million in FDI during the period under review. Telecommunications bounced back compared to last year. The inflow of FDI in this sector rose to $64.9 million compared to an outflow of $38.3 million during the same period last year. The financial business and oil and gas exploration sectors received $76.3 million and $57.9 million respectively during the four months of this fiscal year. Brighter FDI prospects are expected in FY18 as economy appears to be expanding and work on certain electricity generation and development projects under CPEC remains on track, while the CPEC is shifting gears from short term projects to long term projects such as Industrial Cooperation under CPEC for which BOI is the lead agency. BoI is closely working with Chinese experts from National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) of China for relocation of Chinese industry into Pakistan and industrialization of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) along-side CPEC, the statement added.

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New connections for industrial, commercial users available: SSGC

NOV 9TH, 2017 KARACHI: Acting Managing Director of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) Amin Rajput while addressing a meeting at Korangi Association of Trade & Industry (KATI) said that new connections for commercial and industrial users are available now, gas shortage has overcome, after availability of LNG distribution infrastructure would be extended. A KATI statement on Wednesday said that he also told the gathering that gas supply on Sundays would resume soon. He stated that UFG is a very critical problem for the company and gas theft could not be tolerated at any level. On this occasion President KATI Tariq Malik, Vice President Junaid Naqi, head of KATI’s standing committee on SSGC Ehtisham Uddin, Zubair Chhaya and Masood Naqi also expressed their views. Amin Rajput told that according to government policies we prefer domestic consumer, we were facing natural gas shortage, after LNG this shortage has overcome so now new connection for commercial and industrial users are available.Ad Prior to this, President KATI Tariq Malik welcomed the acting MD SSGC and other officials at KATI. He said that SSGC is one of those public sector companies, on them national economy and survival of industry are heavily depended. He also said that industrialist community see gas theft as a crime against nation. Chairman and CEO KITE DMC Zubair Chhaya said that in recent years SSGC’s performance was back on track.

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Rs2198.170mn released for petroleum sector in last four months

NOV 10TH, 2017 ISLAMABAD: The government has released Rs 2198.170 million for the Petroleum and Natural Resources Division under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP 2017-18) during first four months of the current fiscal year against the total allocation of Rs 4778.379 million. According to the official data, Rs 1.798 million, out of Rs 8.992 million allocation, have been released for exploration and evaluation of metallic minerals in Bela and Uthal areas of district Lasbella, Balochistan. Funds amounting to around Rs 1912.274 million have been provided for supply of gas to various localities in Baddhomali Town of district Narowal, NA-112 of district Sialkot, NA-129 of district Lahore, NA-132 of district Sheikhupura, NA-04 Peshawar, NA-30 and NA-31 of Swat and Shangla besides PK-27 of district Mardan, while Rs 0.698 million for exploration of Tertiary Coal in Punjab Central Salt Range.Ad This year, the government has earmarked Rs 415.807 million for acquisition of four drilling rigs with accessories for the Geological Survey of Pakistan, Rs 37.977 million for appraisal of newly discovered coal resources in Badin and its adjoining areas of Southern Sindh, Rs 3.492 million for exploration of tertiary coal in Central Salt Range of Punjab, Rs 387.421 million for supply of gas to Baddhomali Town of district Narowal, Rs 238.786 million for supply of gas to various villages of NA-112 of district Sialkot, Rs 300.402 million for provision of gas to various villages of NA-129 of district Lahore, Rs 340.466 million for supply of gas to various villages of NA-132 of district Sheikhupura, Rs 250 million for gas supply to NA-04 of Peshawar, Rs 252.317 million for gasification of localities in NA-29, NA-30 and NA-31 of Swat and Shangla, Rs 142 million for gasification of villages of PK-27 of district Mardan, besides Rs 614.394 million to provide gas to Union Council Srikot of district Haripur, Rs 700.020 million for provision of gas to various localities of NA-18 of district Abbottabad, Rs 28.963 million for supply of gas to Union Council Darya Gali Tehsil Murree of district Rawalpindi, Rs 254.437 million for supply of gas to localities of Kahuta, Rs 11.512 million for gas supply to Union Council Nimbal of Tehsil Murree, Rs.139.182 million for gas supply to various villages of UC Mangowal (NA-60) District Chakwal, Rs 100 million for gas supply to villages in NA-87 District Jhang, Rs 105 million for provision of gas to villages in of NA-163 district Sahiwal, Rs 237 million for gasification of villages in NA-146 of district Okara and Rs 120 million for provision of gas to villages in NA-131 of district Sheikhpura.

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LNG to be supplied to Company’s franchise areas soon

NOV 11TH, 2017 KARACHI: The Acting Managing Director of Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), Amin Rajput, has said that LNG is the fuel of the future and its availability is indispensable to bridge the demand-supply gap of natural gas as well as overcoming energy crisis in the country. In this regard, he added, SSGC has developed the requisite pipeline infrastructure for transmitting RLNG volumes to the consumption nodes in the northern part of the country. He was talking to members of the Landhi Association of Trade and Industry (LATI), says a SSGC statement here on Saturday.Ad It said that in a reply to a query about supply of RLNG to the industries in Sindh, the AMD SSGC said that in near future, once RLNG is supplied to the industries in the Company’s franchise provinces, a weekly closure of gas will end permanently. On the issue of natural gas theft, Rajput reiterated that there is zero tolerance on gas theft as it impacts severely on SSGC’s financial bottom line, which is one of the main causes of lines losses or UFG. The meeting held in SSGC House at Karachi. Saeed Larik, ASGM (Distribution – North), Brigadier (R) Mohammad Abuzar, DG, Security Services and Control Gas Theft Operations (SS & CGTO), Shehryar Kazmi, GM (Billing, Kamran Nagi, GM/in-charge ( Distribution- South) and Major (R) Muhammad Hussain, DGM (Coordination) were also present during the meeting. The LATI team consisting on Islamudin M. Zafar, President LATI, Mubeen Khan, General Secretary LATI and members M. Kamran Farukh and Kaleem Qureshi expressed their satisfaction over increase of gas pressure being supplied to the industrial area and services provided to them by SSGC. LATI team demanded to revert the decision to end Sunday closure of gas supplies to the industries as it affects their production. Responding to the demand regarding the Sunday closure, AMD, SSGC said that Sunday closure were only observed to maintain pressure in the system for the rest of days in a week. As soon as supply of gas from different gas fields is improved the gas supply to industries and captive sector on Sundays can be continued. Coming Sunday the gas closure will not be observed as the supplies during the week remained improved. Further, AMD added that continued supply of gas depends upon the pressure as the winter season is just around the corner. Brigadier (R) Mohammad Abuzar, DG of SSGC’s newly established SS and CGTO Department, dilated on various sections of the Gas (Theft and Recovery) Act, 2016 that was passed by the National Assembly. The Act, he said, calls for penalizing offenders involved in gas theft and related crimes by imposing imprisonment up to 14 years and fine up to Rs. 10 million. Brigadier (R) Abuzar said that the approval of Gas Act, formation of gas utility courts for prosecuting gas thieves in Sindh and Balochistan and the creation of SSGC Police Station formed for prosecuting gas thieves, have helped SSGC in intensifying crackdowns on the miscreants. DG (SS&CGTO) said that for meaningful results, SS&CGTO Department has been structured on more result-oriented lines, whereby experienced civilians and law enforcement officials are taking care of gas theft intelligence and prosecution and operations wings of the Department. The statement said that the LATI team lauded SSGC’s ongoing drive against gas theft and anticipated that gas saved as a result will be passed on to the rightful and legal customers.

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SSGCL to lay gas pipelines for gasification of 137 villages of Sindh, Balochistan

NOV 16TH, 2017 ISLAMABAD: Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) will lay five hundred and sixty seven kilometer pipelines for supplying gas to one hundred and thirty seven villages of Sindh and Balochistan provinces at a cost of over two billion rupees this year. According to Radio Pakistan, under the PM’s Global Sustainable Development Goals Programme, the SSGCL is working to provide natural gas facility to 119 villages in Sindh and 18 villages in Balochistan. All these projects are being executed on recommendations of parliamentarians and notables of the areas for provision of gas.

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Endeavours to boost installed power capacity, generation bearing fruits

NOV 15TH, 2017 ISLAMABAD: The endeavours made during last four years have helped in boosting installed capacity of electricity in the country through various sources, reaching 28,238 MW as on June 1, 2017 as compared to 21,041 MW on June 1, 2013. Similarly, the power generation which was 11,746 MW as on June 1, 2013 has touched 15,746 MW mark on June 1, 2017. The statistics issued by Energy Division regarding source-wise installed capacity and generation of electricity as on June 1, 2017 showed on Wednesday that of the total 7,248 MW installed capacity the average generation in Hydel area was 4924 MW, in thermal area the total installed capacity was 18,200 MW and average generation was 9611 MW, in nuclear area the total installed capacity was 1,321 MW and average generation was 919 MW, in solar area the total installed capacity was 400 MW and average generation was 83 MW, in wind area the total installed capacity was 788 MW and average generation was 73 MW, and in baggase domain the total installed capacity was 281 MW and average generation was 136 MW as on June 1, 2017. The detail of amount allocated, released and spent on projects of power sector during financial years 2008-09 to 2012-13 with project and year-wise break-up showed that Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) is pursuing developments of renewable energy based power generation projects through private sector on IPP mode wherein no government funding is involved. Moreover, for Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHEP) of Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), original PC-I, amounting to Rs. 84,502.26 million was approved and due to increase in cost, 3rd revised PC-I amounting to Rs. 404,321.100 million was approved in December 2015. The cost of NJHEP was not increased due to either stoppage or slowdown of works, rather non-availability of timely funds remained major cause of delay in commencement and completion. Due to non-availability of funds, project commencement was delayed to 2008, though without financial close for establishing water rights on Neelum water. The Project commenced after provision of Rs. 5.2 billion Cash Development Loan with an arrangement of Neelum Jhelum Surcharge from government. The pace of works, thus, remained slow due to funding problem. Similarly, rehabilitation of Jabban Hydroelectric power station was completed in March, 2014. The original completion of project was in November, 2011.Extension of time upto respective TOC actual dates was granted by WAPDA without any cost compensation. The Project was delayed due to worst law and order situation in the country, particularly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK).The contractor (Chinese) were reluctant to resume work at project site. Increase in scope of works after award of contract i.e. PLC system secured metering system, rock excavation of pen stock supports and anchor blocks, widening of forebay structure etc. The original PC-I, amounting to Rs. 1,037.54 million was approved in September 2007. The estimates of Feasibility Study for Rehabilitation were based upon Market Surveys and WAPDA Composite Scheduled Rates (WCSR) 2003 with exchange rate of 1 US$ equal to Rs60. Consequent upon Tender Opening, huge difference was observed in prices of original PC-I (year 2007) and prices quoted by the Bidders (year 2008), which warranted revision of the PC-I. Accordingly, the revised estimates were prepared on basis of scope revised as result of Detailed Engineering Design and Bid Price of successful single responsive bidder. Revised PC-I amounting to Rs. 3,753.575 million was approved by ECNEC in December 2010. The original PC-I, amounting to Rs. 7,035.128 million of Golen Gol Hydropower was approved in September 2002. Bidding process was started in 2009 after finalization of funding arrangements in November, 2008. Civil works of structure and power house building were awarded in August, 2010 and work was commenced in February 2011. Work could not be started from September 2002 until February 2011 due to non-availability of funds. After repeated tendering and lengthy litigation among the bidders, E&M works and transmission line components were awarded in February and November, 2014 respectively. Presently major components of the project, civil works of weir structures, power house and switch yard has been completed, whereas E&M and transmission line works are 80 per cent completed. First revised PC-I was approved in September 2016 amounting to Rs. 29,077.173 million. The cost of the project increased due to escalation. Works on all components of the project are in full swing and as per project implementation schedule, commercial operation of Unit-1 is planned on December 25, 2017. Another project was Kurram Tangi Dam (Stage-I) for which original PC-I of Stage-I amounting to Rs. 12,662 million was approved in March 2014. After repeated bidding process (due to precarious law and order situation), work of Stage-1 (Kaitu Weir and Affiliated Structures) was awarded at a cost of Rs. 13,206.933 million. Contract agreement was signed on June 07, 2017 with date of commencement and completion as July 2016 and April 2019 respectively. First revised PC-I was approved amounting to Rs. 21,059. Overall progress achieved so far is 16 per cent. The original PC-I amounting to Rs. 7,066.961 million of Keyal Khwar Hydropower project was approved in January 2004 and amount of second revised PC-I was Rs. 26,084.178 approved in January 2016. Cost of the project increased due to price escalation from 2004 to 2016. Slow progress of project is due to slower land acquisition process by local government of KPK as well as contractor’s pace of work is slow on Civil Works Contract. In this context, it is indicated that cost of the project is within approved PC-I. Similarly, main PC-I of Diamer Basha Dam project, amounting to Rs. 894.257 billion was approved by ECNEC on August 20, 2009. Construction of main dam could not be started yet due to non-arrangement of finances from Donor Agencies. Cost of the project has increased due to price escalation from 2009 to 2017. Land acquisition, construction of infrastructure/preliminary works i.e. project colony at Thor valley, Composite Model Village-II at Harpan Das are in progress. Listing steps being taken by present government to meet growing electricity demand and complete different power projects, it has been revealed that PC-I of Tarbela 5th Extension Hydro Power Project (HPP) has been approved. Tendering process is in progress and expected date to start work is April, 2018. The project will be completed in 2021. The data revealed that for Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project, the government proceeded on arranging foreign and local loans from December 2009 to December 2016. No lender was ready to finance NJHEP except Middle East Lenders. Later, with concerted efforts Exim Bank China agreed initially with financing of US$ 448 million in January 2014 and later on second loan of US$ 576 million in February 2017 (4th revision of PC-I (2017) amounting to Rs. 500,343 million has been submitted to Ministry of Water & Power on June 09, 2017 for approval of ECNEC). The project is now in completion phase where impounding of reservoir has commenced on October 19, 2017. For rehabilitation of Jabban Hydroelectric Power Station, an amount of Rs. 3,956.313 million has been incurred on the project and to regularize excess amount of Rs. 202.738 million, the revision of PC-I is under process. Similarly, for Golen Gol Hydropower project, all funding arrangements were finalized by the government. Revised PC-1, based upon bid prices was approved by ECNEC on September 30, 2016. For Kurram Tangi Dam (Stage-I), all funding arrangements were finalized by the government while revised PC-1, based upon bid prices was approved by ECNEC on April 22, 2016. Moreover, to boost up land acquisition process for Keyal Khwar Hydropower project, the case is vigorously being pursued with concerned Authority while for Diamer Basha Dam project, WAPDA has been directed to submit two updated PC-Is (one for dam part and other for power generation). In this regard, PC-I (Dam Part) amounting to Rs. 649 has been submitted to concerned Ministry and has been forwarded to Planning Commission. Dam part is supposed to be built through Government of Pakistan grant, WAPDA equity and commercial financing. PC-I (Power Generation Facilities) amounting to Rs. 751 billion has been submitted and power generation part may be built on commercial basis/WAPDA equity.

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Tarbela 4th Extension Project to be commissioned in February 2018

NOV 13TH, 2017 ISLAMABAD: The long-awaited Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will be commissioned in February 2018 with its first unit going into operation, while the second unit of the project will come on line by April and the third unit by May 2018. Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain (Retd) expressed these views during his visit to the project on Monday. He visited various components of the project and reviewed progress of construction work on them. Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that as many as 1410 Mega Watt (MW) low-cost and environment friendly hydel electricity would be added to the National Grid with phased-completion of Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project from February to May 2018, which would help mitigate power shortages in the country with low-cost hydel electricity. Expressing satisfaction over the pace of work, he emphasized upon the project management, the consultants and the contractors to maintain close liaison among them to meet the timelines for completion of the project without compromising the stipulated standards of quality for construction work. It is worth mentioning here that the 1410 MW-Tarbela 4th Extension is a component of least-cost energy generation plan being implemented by WAPDA on priority to increase the ratio of hydel electricity in the system to stabilize electricity tariff for the consumers. Under Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project, three electric power generating units – each of them having capacity of 470 MW – are being installed at tunnel 4 of Tarbela Dam. With completion of the project, generation capacity of the existing Tarbela Hydel Power Station will increase to 4888 MW from the existing 3478 MW. Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will provide 3840 Giga Watt hours (3.84 billion units of electricity) to the National Grid annually.

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Thar Coal based 14 power plants to produce 6000 MW by 2025

NOV 13TH, 2017 ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms was informed here on Monday that by 2025, as many as 14 power plants based on Thar Coal would be producing 6000 MW electricity in the country, Senate Standing Committee on Planning, Development and Reforms was informed here on Monday. Briefing the committee on Keti Bundar project, Special Secretary energy department of the ministry, Rashid Hussain Qazi informed that four power plants based on Thar Coal would also be constructed at Keti Bundar site for which feasibility study was under way. The meeting was held here under the Chairmanship of Senator Col (retd) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, which was attended by among others Senators Mohsin Aziz, Karim Ahmed Khawaja, Agha Shahzaib Khan Durrani, and Nawabzada Saifullah Magsi. The meeting was informed that the feasibility on the Keti Bundar project would be finalized by January, 2018. Rashid said the components of the study would include strategic environmental social impact assessment, 1320 MW power general based on Thar Coal (potential of 10,000 MW), power evacuation requiement, railway line from Thar Coal field (Islamkot) to Keti Bundar, construction of Coal Jetti, and related infrastructure. He said to transport coal from the Thar coal field to Keti Bundur, a 341 kilometer long Railway Line would be constructed. The meeting was informed that the project was a part of the multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and it is hoped that by 2025, the project would be on ground. On another agenda of Quetta Mass Transit Project, the meeting was informed that the project was included in the CPEC in 6th Joint Coordination Committee on CPEC held in Beijing last year. The meeting was further informed that the preliminary agreement has already been signed between Government of Balochistan and China Communication Construction Company (CCCC). However, framework agreement on the project is yet to be signed while the Balochistan Government is planning to conduct feasibility exploring of option of both light rail and bus. According to proposed track of the project, a 48.5 kilometer broad gauge track would be reconstructed. Single track would be constructed from Spenzand to Sariab while a double track would be constructed from Sariab to Kuchlak.

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1st unit of Port Qasim Coal Power Plant starts test generation

NOV 10TH, 2017 ISLAMABAD: Minister for Power Division Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Leghari on Friday said first 660 MW unit of Port Qasim Coal Power Plant has been synchronized and started supply 120 MW electricity to the National Grid System. The Minister said that the project would generate 1320 MW electricity upon its completion, said a statement issued here Friday. Currently, the unit was on test run and was producing 120 MW, he said. The Minister has congratulated nation and Team Power Division on the achievement.

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WAPDA Chairman reviews progress of Mangla Watershed Management Project

NOV 9TH, 2017 LAHORE: Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen (R) Muzammil Hussain on Wednesday visited Mangla Watershed Management Project to review progress on various measures being taken under the project. Mangla Dam Raising Project Director and Mangla Watershed Management Project Director were also present, according to WAPDA spokesman here. The Chairman said that watershed management played a pivotal role to increase life of water reservoirs by controlling soil erosion and reducing sediment rate flowing to the reservoir. Therefore, implementation of the measures under watershed management was also important like that of constructing dams for water storage. He directed the officials concerned to remain focused on achieving the targets, which have been set for them. The Chairman was briefed that WAPDA had been implementing Mangla Watershed Management Programme since 1960 in reservoir’s catchment area, covering 5710 square miles in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Pakistan to control soil erosion and reduce sediment rate. Some of the measures taken under the project from 1966 to 2017 include raising of about 130 million plants in its nurseries, afforestation on 166,653 acre catchment area of Mangla reservoir, and construction of 3746 engineering structures in addition to constructing numerous soil conservation structures. It is pertinent to mention that the consultants of Mangla Dam in their design of the project way back in 1960, had envisaged life of the Mangla reservoir from 100 to 115 years with an estimated sediment load at the rate of 42,000 acre feet per annum. However, due to effective measures taken under the Watershed Management Project, the assessed rate of sediment load has reduced to 27,747 acre feet annually. Effective watershed techniques and completion of Mangla Dam Raising Project have increased the life of Mangla reservoir from 115 to 269 years. The volume of benefits because of the Mangla’s enhanced life could be better assessed with the fact that the benefits equivalent to billion of rupees are accrued every year from Mangla Dam.

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Govt targets 4500 MWp of net-metering based solar installations by 2025

NOV 7TH, 2017 ISLAMABAD: The government, as part of its efforts to meet future energy needs, is targeting 1000 Mega Watt peak (MWp) of net-metering based solar installations by 2020-21 and 4500 MWp by 2025. Alternate Energy Development Board (AEDB) is pursuing development of wind and solar power projects through private sector investors on IPP mode under Renewable Energy (RE) Policy. The development of bagasse co-generation projects by existing sugar mills for supply of surplus energy to the national grid is also being pursued. Sources at Energy Division while highlighting current status of Renewable Energy (RE) power generation projects on Tuesday said 15 wind power projects of 788.5 MW cumulative capacity are operational and providing electricity to the grid while 09 wind power projects of 445 MW have achieved Financial Close and are under construction. Moreover, the sources said new wind power projects of around 1200 MW capacity are being planned to be added by 2019-2020 through competitive bidding. Similarly, 04 solar projects (100 MW each) of 400 MW cumulative capacity are operational while two (02) solar power projects of 30 MW cumulative capacity are under construction. New solar power capacity of at around 600 MW is planned to be added by 2018-19 through competitive bidding. The sources said five (05) sugar mill based bagasse co-generation projects of 160.1 MW capacity are operational and 23 bagasse co-generation projects of 802.5 MW cumulative capacity are under development. In order to maximize utilization of ARE technologies and benefiting from huge solar resource available in the country, AEDB assisted National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) in developing regulations for net metering and distributed generation called the NEPRA (Alternative & Renewable Energy) Distributed Generation and Net Metering Regulations, 2015. These regulations provide the framework for implementing net-metering installations using solar and wind generation of up to one (1) MW capacity in domestic, commercial, industrial and agriculture sectors. The first net-metering system of one (1) MW capacity was installed at Parliament House, Islamabad which has opened door for net-metering based systems in all parts of the country. As of August 2017, a total of 147 solar installations with a cumulative capacity of around 4100 kW (including the 1000 kW solar system at Parliament House) have been approved by NEPRA for net-metering. These installations are located in IESCO, LESCO, MEPCO and FESCO.

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WAPDA to add 2487 MW to National Grid from early to mid 2018

NOV 2ND, 2017 LAHORE: Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Javed Ali Shah Wednesday visited WAPDA House to have a briefing about its projects in water and hydropower sectors. Welcoming the Federal Minister, WAPDA Chairman Lt. Gen. Muzammil Hussain (Retd) said that WAPDA was fully focused on optimal utilization of water and hydropower resources to meet the increasing requirements of water and electricity in the country. By implementing a multi-pronged strategy for about last one year, WAPDA has been able to turn-around the situation. Delays in the way to completion of the projects have been overcome and now these projects are fast heading towards completion. The long-delayed Kachhi Canal Project (Phase-I) has been completed in August 2017 to irrigate 72,000 acres of barren land in Dera Bugti district of Balochistan. WAPDA will add 2487 MW low-cost hydel electricity to the National Grid from early to mid 2018 with completion of three hydropower projects in a phased manner namely Neelum Jhelum, Tarbela 4th Extension and Golen Gol. Delayed for decades construction work on two mega multi-purpose projects i.e. Diamer Basha Dam and Mohmand Dam will commence in 2018. On completion, both projects will provide gross water storage capacity of more than 9 million acre feet (MAF) in addition to generating 5300 MW electricity. The Federal Minister appreciated WAPDA for its efforts to complete the long-delayed water and hydropower projects besides initiating construction work on a number of new projects. He expressed the hope that WAPDA projects would be completed in accordance with the timelines to cope with water and electricity needs. Later in a briefing, the Federal Minister was informed that WAPDA is implementing seven projects in water and hydropower sectors with cumulative generation capacity of 9294 MW and gross water storage of more than 8 MAF. As many as eight projects with power generation capacity of 16296 MW are ready for construction, while about a dozen projects are at the stage of feasibility study and detailed engineering design.

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