Pakistan’s NTDC proposes PKR370 billion investment for grid expansion

The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) has proposed a PKR370 billion investment plan for system expansion and loss reduction over the 2023-25 period.

NTDC has filed a petition with the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), seeking approval for the proposed investment to meet the needs of a growing transmission network with the increase in generation capacity in various parts of the country, and for new technologies to arrest losses and for rehabilitation of the existing system. Of the total investment, nearly 45 per cent or PKR167 billion would be utilised for establishing power evacuation infrastructure for new power generation plants; about PKR158 billion (or 43 per cent) would be used for removing system constraints through rehabilitation, upgradation and expansion of the national grid; while the remaining would be used for new special industrial zones of Dhabeji, Haripur, Swabi, Lahore and Faisalabad under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (PKR24 billion), and upgradation of protection systems and technology projects (PKR21 billion). In terms of year-wise break-up, NTDC plans to spend PKR114 billion in 2022-23, PKR145 billion in 2023-24 and PKR110 billion in 2024-25. In the previous investment period (2018-19 to 2021-22), NTDC spent about PKR266 billion, which helped reduce its transmission and transformational losses from 2.9 per cent to 2.6 per cent.