Pakistan to import 1,100MW electricity from Iran in
Aug 9, 2008 - Pakistan Daily Times
* Some members walk out from session over
power outages Staff Report
ISLAMABAD: The Water and Power Development
Authority (WAPDA) will import 1,100 megawatts of electricity
from Iran in 2009 for supply to Gwadar and other coastal
areas of Balochistan, Water and Power Minister Liaqat
Jatoi told the National Assembly on Wednesday.
Jatoi said the contract for import of electricity
had been given to Iran's Tavanir Company. The minister
was responding to questions by opposition members on what
steps the government was taking to check the frequent
power outages in the country.
Jatoi told the house that the country was
expected to produce 8,728MW a year by 2010. He said that
the public and private sectors were carrying out several
hydroelectric and thermal projects to meet Pakistan's
electricity demand. He said that his ministry planned
to increase power generation in the current year by installing
two rental gas turbine power stations. He said one power
station of 150MW capacity would be installed in Lahore
and another of 136MW capacity at Bhikki. He said the Lahore
power station had been commissioned, while the Bhikki
power station would be commissioned in October.
Jatoi said that Larkana Division-II had
reported 44.4 percent line losses in 2005-06 and 43.5
percent in May 2006-07. He said that WAPDA had fined power
thieves Rs 1120.212 million in 2005-06, Rs 725.728 million
in 2004-05 and Rs 683.831 million in 2003-04. He said
that 28,652 electricity theft cases and arrest of 1,289
power pilferers were recorded in the last three years.
He said the Lahore Electric Supply Company
had reported Rs 170,66.67 million line losses and the
Gujranwala Electric Power Company Rs 6,132.22 million
in line losses in the last two years.
To a question, Jatoi said the Multan Electric
Power Company (MEPCO) had received 3,390 applications
for agricultural tube well connections between June 1
and December 2006. He said that MEPCO had issued 742 tube
well connections so far and planned to issue another 4,400
connections in the current financial year. He said the
ministry had no plans to fix uniform rates of electricity
up to 500 units.
Some members from the Muttahida Quami Movement,
the MMA and the PML-N staged a token walkout from the
session to protest against the lingering power shortage