ISLAMABAD - The incumbent government, which has added 7759 MW electricity to the national grid system since 2013, has expedited work on various power generation projects.

Official sources said owing to the steps of the government, currently zero loadshedding was being carried out in 5279 grid stations out of total 8600 across the country. They said recovery from the consumers has also witnessed sharp increase while cases of power theft have also declined.

The over-billing issue has also been resolved through better management, they said. The projects completed so far included ZEPL Wind Project (56.40MW), Jinnah hydel project (96MW), Gomal Zam dam (17.4 MW), Duber Khwar hydel project (130MW), Uch Thermal power project (380.75MW), JDW-II Bagass (26.60 MW), JDW-III (26.35 MW), TJF Wind (49.50 MW), FFCEL Wind (49.50 MW), 747 MW Guddu Thermal, 100 MW Quaid-e-Azam solar project, 425 MW Nandi Pur Power Project, 340 MW Chashma C-3 nuclear power plant, 99 MW Fatima Energy Bagass, 50 MW Sachal Power Project, 50 MW Dadu Hydel project, 84 MW Gulf power project, 1320 MW Sahiwal Coal Power Project, 97 MW Reshma Power Project, 340 MW Chashma C-4 nuclear plant and 99 MW United Energy project.

Similarly, they said power projects running on imported RLNG included 760 MW Bikki power plant, 760 MW Haveli Bahadar Shah power plant and 710 MW Balloki Power Plant. Port Qasim Coal power project set up under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has also started test generation and currently it was supplying 120 MW to the national grid system. Soon, it would start supplying 1320MW to the system, they said. Meanwhile, 969 MW Neelum Jhelum and 1410 MW Tarbela 4th Extension Power Projects would start generation this year. The Power Division has also introduced Mobile application with code name "Roshan Pakistan" for convenience of the consumers and they could get all information about loadshedding, billing etc through this application. As per the Power Division sources, currently surplus 4000 MW electricity was available in the system and all feeders having 90 per cent recovery have been exempted from power loadshedding. New policy for alternative energy resources has also been announced under which upfront tariff has been abolished. Now opening bidding would be held for all such power projects , the sources said.

Responding to a question, they said that country's total power generation was only 9279 MW in 2013 and there was 16-18 hours loadshedding in various parts. However, now record electricity was being generated and zero loadshedding was being observed in 5297 feeders. They said steps were also being taken to enhance the capacity of all power distribution companies (DISCOs). The National Assembly has already passed a bill to eliminate over billing and proposed three years imprisonment for wrong billing, they said. It is also pertinent to mention here that the government has stopped all power plants running on furnace oil and all such power plants would be converted on RLNG or other cheap source of energy.

Meanwhile, Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB) is actively pursuing various power projects based on coal, hydel and RLNG of accumulative capacity of around 15,000 MW which will likely to completed in phases till 2024.

Out of the total, projects having 2503 MW capacity would be completed in the current year, followed by 2505 MW in 2019, 1980 MW in 2020, 3330 MW in 2021, 870 MW in 2022 and 2312 MW in 2024, official sources told APP.

PPIB had successfully inducted 33 independent private power projects of about 10515 MW so far by attracting an investment of $ 9.4 billion, they added.