Participants of National Security Workshop briefed about water, power sectors
Lahore, January 07, 2014 (PPI-OT): The participants of National Security Workshop-15, National Defence University, visited WAPDA House today and attended briefings on water and power sectors including matters related to water resource development and hydropower generation, transmission and distribution system. Led by Maj. Gen Noel I. Khokhar, the participants hailed from various segments of society i.e. senators, MNAs, MPAs, bureaucrats, technocrats, senior armed forces officers from three services as well as representatives of civil society.
In his opening remarks, Rizwan Ahmad, Member (Power) WAPDA, said that water and energy security has emerged as a key theme of national security. He said that availability of cheap, abundant and environment-friendly hydel electricity is essential for fast-paced socio-economic development. He said that WAPDA is committed to the optimum development of water and hydropower resources in the country in line with the vision of the federal government with a view to providing relief to the common man.
Briefing the participants of the Workshop on development of water and hydropower resources, Shoaib Iqbal, General Manager (Hydro Planning), said that WAPDA is working on a three-pronged comprehensive strategy of least cost hydel electricity generation under the directions of the federal government.
He said that under the short-term plan, projects of 383 MW cumulative capacity have substantially been completed. He said that 12851-MW hydel projects of low-cost and environment-friendly electricity will be completed under the medium-term plan spanning over 5-7 years while various hydropower projects of 14970 MW will be completed under the long-term component of the strategy from 7 to 10 years.
GM Hydro Planning said that phased induction of the inexpensive hydel electricity in the system would even out the energy mix, help overcome energy shortages, bring down the cost of electricity generation and provide relief to the consumers. He said that nature has endowed Pakistan with an identified hydropower potential of 60,000 MW, adding that WAPDA is making earnest efforts to exploit this potential.
Throwing light on the development of water resources, GM Hydro Planning said that in addition to low-cost electricity generation, the under-construction dams will increase the storage of water, which is critical to improving the per capita water availability and mitigating the flood hazards.
He said that 145 million acre feet of water is available annually, adding that 32 million acre feet of precious flood water is wasted into the sea due to absence of sufficient number of water storage facilities. He said that WAPDA’s three-pronged water development strategy will replenish the country’s water resources.
Muhammad Dawood, Consultant Planning NTDC, threw light on the challenges and opportunities in the power sector including the role and functions of National Transmission and Dispatch Company.
He briefed the participants about power sector reforms with special reference to thermal generation, and transmission network and distribution system. He highlighted the steps being taken to improve and upgrade the power transmission and distribution system including checking of electricity theft and curtailment of line losses. He told that NTDC achieved the milestone of transmitting 16170 MW in June 2013.
The briefings were followed by question/answer session in which the participants of the Workshop-15 asked a number of questions related to water and power sectors. Senior officers of WAPDA were also present at the occasion.
For more information, contact:
Muhammad Abid Rana
Director Public Relations
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Lahore
Tel: +9242 9920 2633 and +9242 9920 2211 -2033 -2029
Cell: +92333 445 8293
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