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Karachi: Sindh Minister for Energy Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh has said that it is a big news for the people of Sindh that after tremendous efforts of provincial government, Sindh has become the first province of Pakistan to establish its own first ever Provincial Grid Company (PGC) in the jurisdiction of Sindh and a license has been awarded to Sindh Transmission & Dispatch Company to act as Provincial Grid Company (PGC) for Sindh.
Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh said that this achievement would not have been possible without the leadership and guidance of our Chairman Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and by the continuous support of our Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah. Also the efforts from officers of Sindh Energy Department contributed a lot to achieve this target.
Provincial Minister for Energy Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh said that STDC for its current operational 132KV transmission line has shown outclass performance in its first year of operations as per prescribed indicators set by the Authority i.e. NEPRA.
The Authority has allowed a cumulative annual wheeling outage allowance of 131.4 hours whereas STDC has only consumed 61 hours i.e. only 46% of the allowed limit which shows the efficient performance of the transmission line. He further pointed out that it is worth mentioning that K- Electric is getting comparably cheaper electricity from 100 MW Gas Fired Nooriabad Power Plant through STDC 132KV Double Circuit Transmission Line as per the Economic Merit Order.
Imtiaz Ahmed Sheikh told that STDC would work under two types of business models. In first model STDC may use the Grid Network of the National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) whereas in the other model, STDC would transmit bulk power from Business to Business in the province of Sindh which also includes K-Electric Limited.
Sindh Minister for Energy said that Sindh’s natural resources of Thar Coal and Jhimpir/Gharo wind corridor has the capacity of fulfilling the needs of Pakistan’s entire energy requirements. He was certain that with the grant of Provincial Grid Company (PGC) License, Sindh being the hub of energy for Pakistan, is now capable of resolving the long awaited energy evacuation problems in the country in general and the province in particular in collaboration with NTDC, by installing its own required transmission lines and grid stations, for the ultimate benefit of end consumers/general public.