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Islamabad-Pakistan is all set to import an additional 100 MW of electricity from neighboring Iran as the National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) has completed the construction of a transmission line from Polan to Gwadar.
Evacuation of additional 100 MW of power through the new transmission line will begin in the next few days, NTDC said in a statement issued here. NTDC has completed the transmission line project to import 100 MW of surplus electricity from Iran as a deposit work of Quetta Electricity Supply Company (QESCO), an official source told the Nation.
The power transmission line project worth 10 million euros has been completed, sources in the power department said. In June 2022, Pakistan and Iran signed an agreement to import additional 100 MW of electricity from Tehran. Iran’s additional electricity transmission infrastructure has already been completed; but the related infrastructure was not completed by Pakistan. The source added that Polan is in Iran and is located 51 kilometers from the Pakistani border. To meet the needs of the border areas of Balochistan, an agreement was signed between Pakistan and Iran in 2002, and the import of 34 MW of electricity in 2002 was increased to 73 MW and finally to more than 100 MW. The total demand of Makran division is around 150 MW and Pakistan already imports 100 MW of power from Iran and Quetta Electricity Supply Company supplies it to Makran division through 132 kV transmission line. With the evacuation of an additional 100 MW, the total import of electricity from Iran will reach 200 MW.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDC) said that the company has completed the construction work of 29 km power transmission line from Polan to Gwadar. As a result, Pakistan’s transmission system in the region will be able to import an additional 100 MW from Iran. Testing of circuit-II of the transmission line was completed yesterday, while testing of circuit-I will be conducted today (Tuesday). The evacuation of an additional 100 MW of power through this transmission line will begin in the next few days. This additional power import from Iran will benefit the people of Gwadar and Makron sectors in terms of power sufficiency, load shedding and increase the confidence of key players and investors to take advantage of opportunities from Gwadar region. for their potential business. Apart from importing electricity from Iran, the government is also working on a 300 MW Gwadar power project and transmission from the national grid to meet the growing demand of the port city.