PESHAWAR-The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in order to take full advantage of the province's potential in hydel power generation, has planned to launch 17 new energy projects in 2014-15 to cater the growing energy demands of consumers, agriculture and industries.

The major projects planned by the KPK government for upcoming fiscal year include construction of 300 MW Balakot HPP District Mansehra, Construction of 14 MW Ghorband HPP District Shangla and building of 84 MW Matiltan Gorkin HPP in Swat.

Officials sources in Civil Secretariat have disclosed that the government intends to start work on 69 MW Lawi energy project in Chitral besides focusing on development of renewable energy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

In addition to it, the government has also planned construction of 10 MW Nandihar Hydro Power Project (HPP) in District Batagram and 51 MW Mujigaram Shaghore HPP in District Chitral.

Chitral's location is very ideal for hydro power generation and to take full advantage of this potential 52 MW Istaro Booni HPP District Chitral would also be constructed. Likewise, the Government has also planned to start work on mega 79 MW Arkari Gol HPP in District Chitral in current fiscal year.

To develop the potential of the province in hydel power generation, officials said emphasis has been made on hydel power generation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through short, medium and long term interventions.

To materialize these projects, the government will raise the capacity of PHYDO and Energy & Power Department besides efficient utilization of net hydel profits.

To mitigate the effects of power short falls, the Government will focus on developing feasible alternate energy sources besides thrust on thermal power generation in southern districts utilizing gas.

Hydel policy framework would be developed for establishment of Oil Refinery in KPK in partnership with Pakistan State Oil (PSO). KPK has been blessed with huge hydel potential and large reserves of oil and gas exist here. These resources after developing will not only contribute in decreasing the gap between the energy demand and supply but will also help earn billion of rupees revenue for the province.

Production of oil and gas in KPK has opened new avenues of economic development in the province and that huge deposits of oil & gas have been discovered in southern belt of the province, including district Kohat, Karak and Hangu.

For uplift of energy sector, the KPK Government has allocated Rs.3046 million for 36 projects out of which 19 are ongoing with allocation of Rs.2805.399 million and 17 are new with allocation of Rs.240.601 million.

The Government is also focusing on electrification of un-electrified villages through solar and alternate energy in remaining districts of the province.

The official expressed the hope that these projects after completion would certainly make an impact on overall energy situation and greatly help to overcome on energy shortfall.