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KP proposes 14 new energy projects under ADP

The Khyber Pakthunkhwa Energy Department has proposed 14 new projects for Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2019-20 particularly the construction of new hydropower projects and setting up of the Provincial Transmission and Dispatch Company (PT&DC) and other projects in the province.

The proposed projects for budget 2019-20 includes construction of 496MW Spat-Gah hydropower project (HPP) in Kohistan under Public Private Partnership (PPP) and 188MW Naran HPP at Manshera costing Rs 70 billion and 157MW Maidan HPP in Swat costing Rs 65billion under PPP and Independent Power Producers (IPP).

Another mega project which would be included in ADP is the purchase of land for establishment of a state-of the art Petroleum Institute of Technology at Karak with an estimated cost of Rs 20 million besides construction of 96MW Batakundi HPP in Manshera costing Rs 40 billion and building of more hydropower projects at suitable places with an estimated cost of Rs 30 billion in different districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

The department will also prepare feasibility studies for establishment of wind energy units with a cost of Rs 150 million and raising of KP’s own Provincial Transmission and Dispatch Company (PT&DC) for quick transmission of electricity generated from completed hydropower projects to the national grid for consumers, agriculture and industrial consumption.

Swat River cascade study would be conducted with an estimated cost of Rs 50.002 million whereas feasibility study for power evacuation from Chitral to Chakdara Lower Dir grid station would cost Rs 300.002 million.

Purchase of land and Project Management Organization (PMO) for three number HPPs would be conducted with an estimated cost of Rs 4000million whereas Khyber Pakthunkhwa hydro development project ie Kalkot Barikot Pattrak HPP of 47 MW and Patrak-Shringal 22MW, conducting of seismic study, exploration and production of Lakki Petroleum Concession Block and purchase of land for construction of access roads to power projects costing Rs 15 billion have been proposed for ADP 2019-20.

The 27 ongoing projects will continue in the upcoming fiscal year include construction of micro hydro projects (MHP) on rivers and tributaries costing RFs11465.41million, MHP on canals costing Rs 4351.510MW and solarization of schools and basic health units besides solar electrification of 4000 mosques in KP.

The others ongoing projects are detailed designs and construction of 6.5MW Mujahadin HPP on River Barando in Torghar district along with carrying out of transmission line with total cost of Rs 4195.644 million, restructuring of Electric Inspectorate of the Energy and Power Development KP, construction and completion of remaining mini macro-hydropower projects under 365MMHPPs with total capacity of 35.6MW costing Rs 52550.190 million and electrification of un-electrified villages through solar and alternate energy resources in remaining districts costing Rs 325.490 million of Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

Construction of 10 mini macro hydropower projects on canals costing Rs 19.905 million, solarization of Chief Minister’s Secretariat and CM House, rehabilitation of Reshan HPP costing Rs 806.520million, development of renewable energy in KP, purchase of land for hydel projects costing Rs 2160.85million, feasibility studies for potential raw sites with three schemes having capacity of 965MW including Kari Mushkur Chitral 446MW, Gabral Kalam 110MW and Torcamp Godubar Chitral 409MW, solarization of remaining departments of civil secretariat and electrification of 100 villages through solar and alternate energy resources costing Rs 241 million would continue in financial year 2019-20.

The others ongoing mega projects to be part of ADP 2019-20 includes Lawi HPP 69MW Chitral with total cost of Rs 20087.50 million, construction of Jabori HPP of 10 MW costing Rs 3798.260 million, construction of Balakot HPP of 300MW in Manshera costing Rs 85912.928 million and purchase of land and PMU Balakot HPP 300MW costing Rs 1934.680 million and solarization of 440 mosques in union councils PK-70 and PK-71 Peshawar.

The KP Energy Department will continue other programmes like capacity building programs in energy and power sector, construction of Karora HPP in Shangla and Mataltan-Gorkin HPP in Swat of 84MW costing Rs 20722.940 million, construction of Koto HPP of 40.8MW costing Rs 13998.896 million, purchase of land for Lawi HPP of 69MW in Chitral and for Mataltan HPPP Swat 84MW.

The officials said these projects were discussed at length with officials of Planning and Development Departments and would be included in budget 2019-20.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019

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