ISLAMABAD - Electricity generation from private sector in Pakistan constitutes around 47 percent of the total installed capacity and 31 IPPs of 9048MW are currently supplying power to the national grid.

This was disclosed by Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) Managing Director Shah Jahan Mirza while briefing Abid Sher Ali, Minister of State for Water and Power , at Board’s office here Thursday.

On the occasion, the minister said that the government is utilizing all its resources for power generation in order to eliminate loadshedding by 2018.

MD PPIB Shah Jahan Mirza briefed the minister about the projects presently being processed by PPIB and their various stages of development. He briefed that currently PPIB is processing 29 projects with the capacity of 17550 MW which will be coming online during 2017–2024. As per commitment of the present government, projects are now being processed on cheaper fuels like hydro, coal and RLNG.

From portfolio of PPIB projects, 16 hydel projects of 6400 MW are under various stages of processing. Similarly, 9 projects of 7400MW based on coal and 3750MW projects based on gas/RLNG are in the PPIB portfolio of projects. It was briefed that PPIB is expediting the projects and facilitating the projects sponsors to bring their projects on line by 2018. It is expected that the national grid will have around 7500 MW from the private sector by 2018.

The government has announced Transmission Line Policy in 2015 under which PPIB has been given responsibility to process transmission line projects in IPP mode. Under this policy, PPIB has started process of 660kV HVDC Transmission Line from Matiari to Lahore in IPP mode which will facilitate transmission of power from southern part of the country to the north.

The state minister highly appreciated the work of PPIB and its mode of working. He felicitated PPIB for its contribution made so far in augmenting the power sector of Pakistan, as well as the present efforts to facilitate in getting rid of the menace of forced power cuts.