LAHORE - Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said that government is focusing on improvement and upgradation of electricity transmission system along with power generation through all available resources.

He was addressing the inauguration ceremony of newly constructed 500 Kv DG Khan Grid Station along with 30km long 500 Kv Transmission Line by NTDC on Wednesday. He said that this grid station and transmission line has been completed with the cost of Rs 4500 million and is envisaged both for southern Punjab and Balochistan to meet with the growing power demand.

Earlier, the MEPCO and QESCO networks had long transmission lines, which were causing low voltage problems along with forced load-shedding in both provinces. Completion of this project would not only enhance the transmission’s system capacity and system reliability of existing MEPCO & QESCO system networks but also act as bridge between Punjab and Balochistan, he added. NTDCL stated that 500 Kv DG Khan Grid Station will feed 132KV Grid Stations of D G Khan (Sakhi Sarwar, Choti, Daajal & Jampur) and will provide third alternate 220KV source to Balochistan province through its 132KV Grid Stations of Loralai, Pishin, Qilla Saifullah, Muslimbagh, Khanozai, Harnai and Zhob Districts including Duki, Sinjavi, Mekhter, Kingri, Rakhni and Zhob. It will also help to meet load growth, line losses and forced load-shedding along with improvement in voltage profile and system reliability in said areas. While appreciating the efforts of NTDC engineers and its staff, Abid Sher Ali added that apart from completion of 500 Kv DG Khan grid station, NTDC has completed/constructed series of grid stations both at 220 Kv grid station Khuzdar and 220 Kv Ghazi Grid Station Lahore in June 2014 along with 220 Kv Okara Grid Stations in July this year. Recently, NTDC has also installed huge transformers of 250 MVA at 220 Kv Bund Road Lahore and 160 MVA at 220 Kv Grid station Mardan.

Hence, the government is all out to overcome the menace of load shedding and to provide relief and uninterrupted power supply to consumers, he added.