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12,464MW electricity to be added to national grid through IPPs’ projects

12,464MW electricity to be added to national grid through IPPs’ projects

ISLAMABAD: As many as 12,464 megawatts of electricity would be added to the national grid through 25 projects of Independent Power Producers (IPPs), which are in various stages of development.

Sources told media that these projects were being facilitated by the Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) and would be operationalised gradually between 2020 to 2028.

Giving the breakup, they said a 1,263MW RLNG project, being set up near Trimmu Barrage in Jhang, would be ready by 2020.

Similarly, five projects having an accumulative capacity of 2,047MW would be made operational in 2021. These include two 330MW Thar coal power plants, 660MW Thar coal power plant, 7.08MW Riali-II hydropower project and 720 Karot hydropower project.

Moreover, four projects with a total capacity of 2,160MW would be ready by 2022 and these would include 330MW Thar coal power plant, 1,320MW Thar coal power plant, 870MW Suki Kinari hydropower project and 300MW imported coal power plant.

Likewise, sources said 1,980MW would be added to the system through IPPs in 2023, 2,124MW in 2024, 1,172MW in 2026 and 1,710MW in 2028. The projects include 700MW Azad Pattan hydropower project, 1,124MW Kohala hydropower project, 300MW Ashkot hydropower project, 640MW Mahl hydropower project, 450MW Athmuqam hydropower project, 82MW Turtonas-Uzghor hydropower project, 163MW Grange Power Limited etc.

It is pertinent to mention that PPIB was created in 1994 as a “one-window facilitator” on behalf of the government to promote private investments in power sector. In 2012, PPIB was made a statutory organization through the Private Power and Infrastructure Board Act 2012 (Act VI of 2012).