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50per cent electricity loadshedding can be eliminated: Pakistan Engineers Energy Forum

Lahore, May 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Pakistan Engineers Energy Forum has revealed that at least 50 per cent load shedding can be eliminated through short-term measures while no electricity outages will remain after 12 months if the plan is implemented.

It said that the country is short of 10,000 mega watts because of distribution losses at 30% (4000 megawatts), expensive oil-based power being produced at Rs 30 per unit and selling at Rs 15 per unit (causing circular debt of Rs 850 billion and non investment in dams).

In a statement issued here, Pakistan Engineers Energy Forum Chairman Mohsin Syed said that different measures would eliminate complete load shedding from Pakistan within a year.

According to his formula, the government has to supply gas of 2000 mmcfd to gas fired units to generate 6000 mega watts, distribution losses can be cut down by involving society at subdivision level and revamp conductors and transformers, this measure will provide cushion of 4000 mega watts, convert all oil-based units to coal, these will generate cheaper 3000 mega watts.

He said that with little effort, the government should benefit from sugar mills who has ability to generate 3000 megawatts cheaper electricity than furnace oil. Secondly, all tube wells be converted to solar pumps and biogas generators, it will save 1500 mega watt electricity besides under a systemic programme 100,000 houses to be provide 10 kilo watt solar power units and reverse sale to utility should be legalized in order to shift load of 1000 mega watts to other sectors. This system is being practiced in few countries successfully.

Talking about his three years medium-term planning, he said that 5000 mega watts can be generated through hydel projects on canals and flow of river and 5000 mega watts can be generated through imported coal and desalination project at Keti Bander while 5000 megawatts can be generated from Thar Coal project.

Giving long-term solution, he said that the government has to construct at least two hydel dams namely Bhasha and Diamer, both can generate 15000 mega watts. He said that this was the roadmap of prosperity and to a trouble-free nation.

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