Govt expedites work on 13 energy projects worth Rs10,539.73mln in merged areas

Jan 12, 2021: The government has expedited work on 13 energy projects having an estimated cost of Rs10,539.73 million in merged tribal districts and completed 311 mini macro hydropower projects (MMHPPs) in northern districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa.

“Out of Rs10,539.73 million, Rs6495.07 million have been spent during 2019-20 and Rs4044.66 million allocated for 2020-21 out of which Rs 680.384 million released during current fiscal year for these 13 projects underway in merged tribal districts,” Malik Luqman Khan, Senior Planning Officer (SPO), Energy and Power Department told APP on Tuesday.

Under Accelerated Implementation Programme (AIP), he said work on up-gradation of four 66 KV grid stations including Sadda, Alizai in Kurram district, Kalaya and Ghiljo in Orakzai district besides bifurcation of 50 overload feeders, rehabilitation of 30 existing feeders and 15 new feeders expedited that would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs 5161.83 million.

Out of Rs5161.83 million, he said Rs 3596.21 million was spent during 2019-20, adding Rs1565.62 million were allocated for 2020-21 out of which Rs477.732 million released so far for these AIP schemes.

While referring to Annual Development Programme (ADP) schemes, he said work on 440 new village electrification schemes and rehabilitation of existing system were speeded up in all merged tribal districts and former frontier regions besides construction of 132 KV grid station in Mohmand with an estimated cost of Rs2517.73 million out of which Rs1981.49 million were spent during 2019-20 and Rs 536.24 million allocated for 2020-21 out of which Rs2020.652 million were released so far.

About USAID schemes, the official said rehabilitation of Makeen and Tairzai areas, bifurcation and interlinking 11KV feeders, 132KP GSS Khar Bajaur district and 132KV GSS Jandola along with transmission line projects having an estimated cost of Rs2860.17 million would help improve energy situation in merged tribal districts. Out of Rs2860.17 million funds, he said Rs 917.37 million were spent during 2019-20 whereas Rs4044.66 million were allocated for 2020-21 out of which Rs680.384 million were released so far.

These projects after completion would help address problem of overloading on 11 KV lines, 132 KV transmission lines and grid stations and electrification facilities to additional 18pc population of merged areas would be provided.

Similarly, construction work on 10.5MW Chapri Charkhel HPP in Kurram tribal district worth Rs4.378 billion having generation capacity of 73.56GHW and Rs838.41 million annual revenue, have been launched besides mini macro schemes worth Rs838 million having about 3,000 KW generation capacity in merged districts are in various stages of implementation.

He said Prime Minister’s Access to Clean Energy Investment Program (PM ACENIP) worth Rs18 billion had been initiated with financial assistance of Asian Development Bank (ADB) under which 1,028 mini macro HPPs are being constructed in two phases in northern districts of the province.

Out of 332 MMHPP having 32 MW capacity, he said 311 such projects have already been completed under PM ACENIPs in KP from which electricity transmission have already been started.

Work on Phase-II to construct 672 mini macro HHP having capacity 53MW has already been initiated that would be completed by 2023, he said adding under ACENIP, a project costing Rs4347 million having 12 MW capacity was launched with assistance of ADB for solarization of 8,000 schools and 187 BHUs in the province.

He said the aggregate power generation capacity of these solorization schemes was about 2.85 MW with accumulative savings of 5.6 million energy units per year with Rs88 million annual savings.

“Civil and Chief Minister Secretariats and CM KP House were already converted to solar energy through net metering mechanism besides solarization of 5,700 households and 300 mosques in the province.”

Government has approved Rs15 billion investment plan for next 10 years to be funded from Oil and Gas Royalty for settled and merged districts of the province having an expected revenue of Rs13 billion besides generation of over 2,000 jobs for local people.

A five years Kohat Area Development Program (KADP) to be executed with financial assistance of UNDP in Kohat Division under Gas Royalty’s share has been approved and was handed over to Planning and Development Department for implementation.

Similarly, Rs11 billion have been approved for gasification schemes for Karak, Kohat, Hangu, Peshawar and Charsadda districts to provide gas to over 8,000 households including 400,000 individuals and address low gas pressure problem in Peshawar and Charsaddda districts.

Under KADP, eight small dams, rehabilitation of eight existing irrigation and 100 rural roads schemes, operationalization of 39 existing water schemes, provision of missing facilities for 135 girls primary schools and 65 BHUs would be achieved. KP Government agreed to provide Rs4.7 billion for this mega project and has already paid its due share of Rs850 million to SNGPL for speedy completion of gas projects in these districts.

Luqman said first-ever successful Auction and Wheeling of Power Model for 18MW Pehur hydroelectric station have been introduced to supply cheap electricity at strike price rate of Rs7.5 per kilowatt to five industrial consumers to offset locational disadvantage faced by industrial sector of the province.

“This model would help contribute about Rs305.38 million per annum to provincial kitty, which is Rs146.57 million per annum more than sale of electricity to national grid.” After successful launch of Phase-I of the Wheeling Model, he said KP Government initiated Phase-II, which entails supply of 148MW from Machai, Malakand-III, Ranolia, Daral Khwar, Karora and Jabori hydropower projects (HPPs) to industrial consumers of the province and till date over 66 industries applied for this facility under phase-II.

He said work on 496MW Lower Spat Gah HHP was initiated under Public Private Partnership (PPP) with assistance of Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company (KHNP) whereas International Finance Corporation (IFC), a sister organization of World Bank Group, had been engaged for transaction advisory services to help assist Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO) for arranging necessary financing for development of HPPs.

Likewise, 300 MW Balakot HPP worth Rs 88 billion started with collaboration of Asian Development Bank (ADB) is at advanced stage of implementation and is expected to generate Rs1.3billion revenue per year besides creating 1,000 direct jobs for youth.

Gabral Kalam 88MW and 157 MW Madyn in Swat is being executed with assistance of World Bank costing Rs 142 billion, he said adding World Bank would provide US $ 450 million while KP Govt would contribute US $ 151 million besides US $ 185 million would be arranged through commercial financing through World Bank and is expected that Rs10 billion revenue would be generated from these two mega projects.

He said KP Government has engaged with UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) through Sustainable Energy and Economic Development Program (SEEDP) under which technical assistance would be provided for innovative financial solutions, energy business plan, auction and wheeling management and transaction advisory services to IPP projects besides resolving tariff issues.


Posted on: 2021-01-12T16:08:00+05:00