Water and Power Secretary Younas Dhaga says the government is working on generation, transmission, and distribution of electricity to achieve zero load shedding in 2018.

In an interview, he said the maximum electricity shortfall has been recorded 6,500 megawatts, and the addition of 10,000 MW in 2018 will be sufficient to address the power outages issue.    

He said the early harvest projects to be made operational in 2018 include two nuclear power plants of 350MW each, three liquefied natural gas projects of 1200MW each, two coal-based projects of 1320MW each, and the hydel projects of Neelum-Jhelum and Tarbella-IV.    

Under the long-term plans, 30,000MW electricity will be added to the national grid by 2022. Of them, 14,000MW electricity will be produced through hydro power projects.

Secretary Water and Power said government is spending more than one billion dollars for the up-gradation of transmission system.

To a question, he said Pakistan has objection over the design of Kishanganga dam in India and a case in this respect will be filed with World Bank soon.


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