STAFF REPORT ISB: China has agreed to set up three heavy electricity transmission lines in Pakistan, in the first-of-its-kind project that will help Pakistan check the spiraling energy crisis by efficiently transporting power from generation sites to end users through a reliable and effective transmission system.

Under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed in Islamabad between National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDCL) and the China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Co Ltd (CET), the latter will develop three 600 KV power transmission lines from south to north.

One 600kV will be set up from Gadani to Faisalabad, one 600kV transmission line from Gadani to Lahore and one 600kV transmission line will be developed from Matiari to Lahore on the basis of Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOT).

The NTDCL will facilitate the CET in identifying the routing of the project and the locations of the substation(s) if any, the agreement reads, adding that the Chinese company will conduct its own study, with support and assistance of the NTDCL, to determine the technical feasibility and economic viability of the project.

“The NTDCL, on behalf of the government of Pakistan, will coordinate with federal and provincial entities concerned during the conduct of feasibility study and in subsequent project activities,” it said, and added that the project is subject to approval by the PPIB, NEPRA and all other relevant authorities.

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