ISLAMABAD: The present government since its inception has initiated various projects aimed at coping with the menace of power load-shedding and achieving power generation mix through development of indigenous energy particularly hydel and coal.
According to the Economic Survey released here Monday, the government was committed to arranging timely finances for these power projects and monitors their development regularly in order to complete the projects as per their schedule.
The government has started various projects based on coal, hydel, gas and solar projects of accumulative capacity of 16,564MW not only to bridge power shortfall but also help generate surplus electricity.
These projects included Guddu-I (243MW), Nandipur Power Project (425MW), Guddu-2 (243MW), Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park (Phase I-II (100MW+300MW) and Guddu steam 3 and would be completed in 2014. Similarly, Quaid-i-Azam Solar Park (Phase-III) (600MW) would be ready in 2015 and, Neelum Jhelum Hydel (969MW), Golen Gol (106MW) and Patrind HPP would start electricity supply in 2016.
As per the Survey report, Tabela 4th Extension (1410MW), and coal plant at Sahiwal would be fully operationalised by 2017 while 1320MW each Coal power plants at Jamshoro and Larkana and 6600MW power from Gaddani Power Park would be added to the national grid system in 2018.
The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) was also producing electricity through three nuclear plants including Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP), Chashma Unit 1 (C-1) and Chashma unit 2 (C-2) while construction of two more Units C-3 and C-4 of 340 MW each is in progress.
The Construction of fourth and fifth nuclear plants, Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3 and 4 at Chashma site is ahead of the schedule. The domes on containment buildings of C-3 and C-4 were already placed in March 2014 and would be ready by April 2016 and December 2016 respectively.
PAEC is also implementing nuclear programme 2030 set by Energy Security Plan of the government and ground breaking ceremony of Karachi Coastal Power Project (K-2 and K-3) was held on November 26, 2013.
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