LAHORE - US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to Pakistan John Groarke inaugurated two new auto transformers for the 220 kV grid station Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

As per statement issued from here, he also presented tools and trucks to power distribution companies in a ceremony held today at 500 kV Rawat Grid Station, near Rawalpindi.

“The US Government is proud to work with government of Pakistan to increase the generation, transmission and distribution of power and to improve its delivery to the people of Pakistan, said the mission director during his visit. The USAID Director received briefings on the new auto transformer from MD NTDCL Engineer Muhammad Arshad Chaudhry while having tour of 500 kV grid station Rawat. He was also briefed about live line maintenance tools and truck.

It was stated: “USAID has provided training, equipment and vehicles to enhance the capacity of LESCO, QESCO, MEPCO and SEPCO. US have funded programmes have supported the completion of Satpara and Gomal Zam Dams, helped the rehabilitation of Tarbela and Mangla Dam`s power plants alongwith Guddu, Jamshoro and Muzaffargarh thermal power plants.”

Managing Director NTDCL thanked USAID for close coordination and consistent support of the agency in various NTDCL projects. He said that current inauguration of two transformers of 250 MVA transformers and repair of one 160 MVA damaged transformer will add 660 MVA to the capacity of NTDCL system which will be very helpful to improve the voltage profile and reduce load shedding in district Mardan and other relevant areas.