Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has stated that for the first time in the past nine years, 70 MW electricity, being generated in the province, was going to be included in the national grid which would help in generating Rs. 2 billion annually revenue
PESHAWAR, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – 12th Apr, 2019 ) :Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has stated that for the first time in the past nine years, 70 MW electricity, being generated in the province, was going to be included in the national grid which would help in generating Rs. 2 billion annually revenue.
The electricity to be included in the national grid was being generated from Daral Khwar Hydo Power Project (HPP) in Swat, Ranolia HPP in Kohistan, Pehur Power project in Swabi and Machai Canal in Mardan which are producing 36 MW, 17 MW, 18 MW and 2.6MW respectively.
According to details, the Machai Canal, Daral Khwar and Ranolia power projects would be connected with the national grid after which an agreement with the Federal government would be signed within one month whereas the Pehur Power project was already connected with the national grid station.
Chairing a meeting on the performance review of the Energy and Power sector, Mahmood Khan added that previously the province generated electricity from different HPPs but were not being included in the national grid which resulted in significant losses to the provincial exchequer.
The meeting was briefed on the projects being completed and those expected to be completed by the year 2025 which would provide a significant influx of power to the national grid.
According to details, the public sector projects including 10.2 MW Jabori power station in Manshera, 12 MW Karora power project in Shangla and 40.8 MW Koto power project in Lower Dir were scheduled to be completed by June 2020 which would generate 62.2 MW electricity and contribute significantly to the provincial exchequer once included in the national grid.
Similarly, the public sector projects including 300MW Balakot HPP, 88MW Gabral in Kalam HPP, 22 MW Patrak Shringal HPP in Upper Dir and 47 MW Barikot Patrak HPP in Upper Dir would be completed by 2024-2025 which would produce a total of 457 MW electricity.
Additionally, public sector projects including 96 MW Bata Kundi HPP, 72 MW Istaro Buni HPP, 21 MW Ghorband HPP and 12 MW Nandihar HPP would be completed by the year 2024 which provide 201 MW electricity whereas 84 MW Mataltan power project and 69 MW Lawi Chitral power projects would be completed by the year 2022-23.
The CM stated that efforts would be made to ensure that the power generated from Malakand-3 HPP is used to power the local industry in Malakand region and directed the authorities concerned to work out the modalities for provision of electricity from the Malakand-3 HPP to local industries.
In the private sector, the chief minister was informed that a total of 8 HPPs would be initiated in the year 2020-22 which would generate 656 MW electricity whereas 24 HPPs would be initiated by the private sector in the year 2022-23 which would help in production of 537 MW electricity.
The CM also stated that a total of 270 mini micro hydel power projects had been completed in feasible areas of the province whereas the government was also considering the construction of 672 additional mini micro hydel power projects throughout the province.
While commenting on the initiatives by the energy and power department, the CM stated that the province has been endowed with numerous hydel power resources and if utilized properly, it can fulfill the power needs of the entire country.
“We must work sincerely towards realizing of the set timelines so that we are able to generate significant revenue for the province in addition to playing our due role in national development.” added Mehmood Khan.