Pakistan to buy 100MW electricity from Iran
Jun 14, 2006 - Doha Times
LAHORE: Pakistan’s Water and Power
Development Authority (Wapda) has signed an MoU
with the Iranian power generation authority for
the import of 100MW of electricity from Iran to
electrify the new port city Gwadar.
The agreement was reached on the special
instructions of Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz to meet
the emerging needs of Gwadar, official sources said
The sources in Wapda said the decision
to import electricity from Iran was taken under
the ‘Energy Security Plan’ formulated in February
Besides this Wapda is also preparing
a feasibility report for importing electricity from
Tajikistan. Sources in Wapda revealed that the MoU
was signed on May 25, 2006 in which both the sides
agreed on power tariff.
The price offered by the Iranian side
was 6.9 US cents/unit whereas Wapda offered 5.5
US cents/unit. After discussions, it was agreed
by both parties that a reasonable tariff for electricity
supply to Gwadar shall be 6.25 US cents/unit.
The tariff will be applicable for
the first year of the commercial operation date
and both the sides further agreed to finance the
cost of construction of the relevant transmission
facilities including sub-stations within their respective
Anwar Khalid, the member power at
Wapda and Majid Farmad, the manager for generation
expansion planning of Iran signed the MoU.
At present Wapda is getting about
39MW of electricity from Iran for different cities
of Baluchistan province.
The National Engineering Services
of Pakistan is preparing a feasibility report on
importing 1,000MW from Tajikistan.
However, the situation in Afghanistan
is a major hindrance in the project and this is
why the government has directed the authority to
accelerate its pace on importing electricity from
Iran to meet the demand.
“Import of electricity from Iran would
help provide electricity to remote areas and eliminate
load shedding in Baluchistan,” Khalid says adding
that presently they are purchasing electricity from
Iran at the rate of 5 cent per unit.
He said a 170km transmission line
will be constructed for the project. Iran will construct
about 70km portion on Iranian territory while Wapda
will constructed the remaining 100km line in their
Pakistan’s current installed electricity
generation capacity is 19,404MW of which 6,489MW
is hydel, 6,012MW through independent power producers,
6,441MW through Wapda’s thermal power plants and
462MW through nuclear energy. -Internews