Islamabad - The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has demanded the installation of 1320 Mega Watt Re-Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) power plant in the province.

In a summary submitted to the Council of Common Interests (CCI), the provincial government has asked the council to direct the federal government to not only install the plant, but also lay down the requisite pipeline and distribution system on a war footing.

The KP government has further requested the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination to add its demand to the agenda for the upcoming meeting of the CCI, which is scheduled to meet on March 26.

It is pertinent to mention here that the province, earlier this week, had demanded the inclusion of 29 energy projects, located in KP, in the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The total estimated cost of these projects is $12 billion.

An official source told The Nation on Wednesday that the KP government, in the summary, also sought directives for the federal government to set up RLNG power plants in all the four provinces, and not only in Sindh and Punjab.

In 2015, a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE) had decided to install three RLNG power plants, of a total capacity of 3600 MW in Punjab, namely in Balloki (Kasur), Haveli Bahadur Shah (Jhang) and Bhikki (Sheikhupura). The decision was resented by Sindh and KP.

“At that time, too, KP government had told the federal government that the subject of electricity fell under part II, fourth schedule of the Federal Legislative List; therefore, the matter should be submitted to CCI on urgent basis,” the source said.

“However the concern of KP was not addressed by the federal government,” the source added.

“Recently, another advertisement by the federal government has invited bids for setting up five RLNG power plants, having the capacity in the range of 150 to 225 MW, in Sindh and Punjab, barring KP,” the source alleged. The advertisement was given by Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) for three RLNG power plants in Punjab and two in Sindh.

In Sindh, sites for the plants are Nawab Shah and Sukkur, where power plants having the capacity of 150 MW and 200 MW, respectively, are to be installed.

Whereas 200 MW power plant will be installed at Sheikupura, while two projects having the capacity of 200-225 MW each will be set up in Faisalabad and Multan.

The summary states the federal government has totally ignored the province in Gencos and IPPs. The federal government has not installed a single GTCC and thermal power plant in KP to date, whereas power plants of thousands of MW are being built in other provinces.

The summary further said that sanctity of the federation could be maintained only if all the provinces got equitable share in development funds and projects.

It added that being in frontline of the war on terror and often ignored in past when it came to the allocation of projects, KP must now receive top priority from the federal government. 

Towards the end of the summary, it was stated that all the power, generated from RLNG based projects of KP, be sold to the national grid and distributed all over Pakistan as per the decision of CCI.