ISLAMABAD - Ministry of Water and Power has claimed to add around 12,000 MW electricity to the national grid by 2017 and eliminate maniac of load-shedding from the country.

According to official documents, by the end of next year, 1,100 MW electricity will be generated under Pak-China Economic Corridor projects while around 2,300 MW electricity will be obtained from other ongoing projects.

By the year end 2016, Solar-Zonerji Project will add 900 MW to national grid, while Wind-UEP will contribute additional 100. Similarly, two wind projects namely Dawood Hydro China and Sachel will inject 50 MW each into the system.

Chashma Nuclear Plant will put in 340 MW, other wind projects will add 350 MW, while gas based projects at Gencos will add another 1,600 MW.

By the end of 2017, Port Qasim Coal Project of 660 MW, 330 MW of Engro Thar Coal Power, 660 MW Sahiwal Coal Power Plant are also expected to become functional and start producing electricity.

Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Electric Project of 969 MW is also expected to be completed by year 2017. Chashma Nuclear Project is also expected to add another 340 MW and 500 MW other wind projects are expected to start generating electricity.

Around 3,600 MW is projected to be included in system with three 1,200 MW each projects by 2017. Presently, the energy deficit is around 5,000 MW, which in peak summer sometimes swell to almost double.

Former Secretary Water and Power Nargis Sethi, in her last days prior to retirement, had pointed out that the system could not sustain more than 16,000 MW.

How the system would now withstand such a huge addition is a question and completion of the above projects on projected dates is another question as in past their completion dates had been revised many times, causing embarrassment for the government.

Will this time the projects would be completed by the announced dates or it is mere an eye wash by the ministry after being alleged of massive corruption and carrying out deliberate load-shedding.

According to the State of Industry report released by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), this year, load shedding across the country is unlikely to end by year 2020.