Iran and Pakistan sign agreement for Polan–Gwadar transmission line

Pakistan’s National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has signed an agreement with Iran’s Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Management Company (Tavanir) for the supply of additional 100 MW of electricity from Iran to fulfil the daily power needs of the port city of Gwadar.

As part of agreement, Iranian company Sunir Group will be constructing a transmission line connecting Polan to Gwadar (Balochistan) within the shortest possible time. While Gwadar is the hub of the USD65 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), it is not linked to the national grid and depends on power from neighbouring Iran. Notably, Iran has been supplying electricity to the districts of Gwadar, Kech and Panjgur in southwest Balochistan since 1999. It provided 35 MW per day up until 2013, after which the quota was raised to 100 MW due to Gwadar’s growing demand.